June 24, 2004
Florida State will begin 2003 with a three-year starter returning at place kicker and a punter who almost won the job to begin last season. Coaches will be searching for a replacement for Brian Sawyer who made every special teams snap for the last four years.
Xavier Beitia will be the man to beat at placekicker, but he will have to prove himself in preseason practice once again. Beitia has hit 77.3 percent (51-of-66) of his field goal attempts over his career with the Seminoles, but has missed (or had blocked) potential game-winning field goals against Miami in 2002, NC State in 2003 and the Hurricanes again late in last year’s Orange Bowl. Beitia made 19-of-24 (79.2 %) field goals as a junior last year with a long of 48. He made 19-of-28 as a sophomore and an astonishing 13-of-14 as a true freshman in 2001.
Pushing Beitia right off the bat could be incoming freshman Gary Cismesia. The
Bradenton, Florida native made 12-of-14 fields goals last year for Lakewood Ranch High, including all five attempts from beyond the 50-yard line. In addition, over 89% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks as a high school senior.
Coaches feel very good about the potential of sophomore punter Chris Hall. He was locked in a battle with rising senior Jesse Stein in preseason last year and coaches decided to go with the upperclassmen. Stein had a terrific year at punter in 2003 and coaches feel very comfortable with Hall in that role in 2004.
A major concern for the special teams will be replacing Sawyer and his four years of nearly flawless special team’s snaps. Former walk-on Myles Hodish won the job during spring drills, but he will feel the pressure in preseason practice to make sure that he is up to the task.
Florida State’s kicking game appears solid and could be outstanding if Beitia proves his reliability early in the season. Coaches remain confident that he is an outstanding talent at the position. Punting chores fall into capable hands making getting the snaps to the right places perhaps the biggest item on the agenda in early 2004.
PK 47 Xavier Beitia 5-10 210 JR
37 Chase Goggans 5-9 160 FR
P 31 Chris Hall 5-10 204 SO
SNP 76 Myles Hodish 6-0 229 JR
#47 Xavier Beitia
Placekicker, 5-10, 198, Senior
Tampa, Fla. (Jesuit)
At Florida State: A senior who returns for his fourth season as the starting kicker…ranks fourth in Florida State history with 298 career points and is on pace to become FSU’s all-time leading scorer… has totaled over 100 points in each of the last two seasons and has led the squad in scoring the past three seasons…his 108 points in 2002 ranks tied for fifth on FSU’s all-time single-season scoring list while his 107 points in 2003 ranks seventh…holds FSU’s bowl record for longest field goal made with a 50-yard field goal in the 2002 Gator Bowl against Virginia Tech…kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal last season against Wake Forest…has made 76 percent of his field goals and 97 percent of his point after attempts in his career…earned third team Freshman All-America honors in 2001…a two-time All-ACC selection, including second team honors as a true freshman in 2001 and honorable mention as a sophomore in 2002.
Junior Year (2003): Led the team in scoring for the third straight season with 107 points – a mark that ranks seventh on FSU’s all-time single-season scoring list…was again a Lou Groza Award candidate…ranked third in the ACC and 26th in the nation in scoring at 8.2 points per game…also ranked third in the ACC and 18th nationally in field goals per game at 1.46…kicked a career-long 48-yard field goal against Wake Forest…hit six field goals of 40 or more yards…scored 12 or more points in five games…made four field goals in two different games and tied his career-high when he attempted five field goals at Virginia…attempted at least one field goal in 10 games and made at least one field goal in eight contests…hit multiple field goals in five games…made 18 of his last 22 field goal attempts…totaled a career-high 17 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals, in the win over Colorado…was 98 percent on extra point attempts (50-of-51) and 76 percent on field goals (19-of-25)…his sole blocked PAT attempt of the year occurred in the season-opener at North Carolina, snapping a streak of 80 consecutive PAT attempts made… made five or more extra points in six games, including a career-high eight at Duke…was named ACC Specialist of the Week on October 18th.
Sophomore Year (2002): Earned honorable mention All-ACC honors…was a candidate for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker for the second consecutive season…led the team in scoring for the second straight year with 108 points which ranks tied for fifth on FSU’s all-time single season scoring list…was perfect on extra point attempts with a 51-of-51 mark…ranked third in the ACC and 43rd in the nation in scoring with a 7.7 points per game average…ranked fourth in the ACC and 22nd in the nation with a 1.36 field goals per game average…made at least one field goal in 11 games with multiple field goals in seven games…attempted a career-high five field goals at Wake Forest…made a season-high six extra points in the victories over Duke and Clemson…had a season-high 13 points in the win at Maryland on three-of-three in field goals and four-of-four on extra points.
Freshman Year (2001): Earned Sporting News third team Freshmen All-America honors…was an All-ACC second team selection…was one of only four freshmen and the only true freshman to earn either All-ACC first, second or honorable mention honors…was 11-of-11 on field goals under 40 yards and two-of-three on field goals between 40 and 49 yards…only the sixth freshman in FSU history to lead the team in scoring with 83 total points…started all 12 games…had a season-long 42 yard field goal but hit a 50-yarder in the 2002 Gator Bowl against Virginia Tech, setting FSU’s bowl record for longest field goal made…ranked third in the nation with a .929 field goal percentage (13-of-14)…ranked fourth in the ACC and 40th in the nation with a 7.55 points per game average…ranked fourth in the ACC and 31st in the nation with a 1.18 field goals per game average…made 46-of-50 extra point attempts during the regular season and was a perfect three-of-three against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl…hit a season-high three field goals vs. Alabama Birmingham and at Virginia…season-high of four field goal attempts came at Virginia…scored a season-high 13 points (two field goals and seven extra points) against Duke in his first career game…made his last eight field goals of the regular season and his last 11 straight including three in the Gator Bowl.
High School: Graduated from Jesuit High School in 2001…considered to be the top kicker in the state of Florida as a high school junior and senior…listed by Max Emfinger as one of the nation’s top 100 recruits as a kicker…also listed as a member of the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution…a perfect nine-of-nine on field goal attempts inside of 50 yards his senior season…nearly perfect, 31-of-32, on extra point attempts as a senior…Tampa Jesuit also lists current Atlanta Falcon kicker Jay Feely as an alumnus.
Personal: Born Nov. 23, 1982…majoring in sport management…his father spent 14 years as a professional jai alai player before moving to the United States in 1974…has lived in Tampa his entire life…played soccer until the eighth grade when he traded his futbol for football.
Beitia’s Career Statistics
Year XPTM-XPTA Pct. FGM-FGA Pct. Long Points
2001 44-48 .917 13-14 .929 42* 83
2002 51-51 1.000 19-28 .679 47 108
2003 50-51 .980 19-25 .760 48 107
Totals 145-150 .967 51-67 .761 48* 298
*made a 50-yard field goal in the 2002 Gator Bowl
At Florida State: Enrolled at Florida State in the spring of 2003 but redshirted as a true freshman…has one full season of practice and two spring practices under his belt… will enter the fall listed behind three-year starter Xavier Beitia at placekicker…coaches will give him a chance to win playing time in the fall.
2003: Redshirted along with most of his signing class.
High School: A three star player by Rivals.com and named one of Georgia’s Top 50 players…was rated the best kicker in the country…recorded 15 career field goals over 40 yards…as a senior, connected on 14-of-18 FG attempts and was a perfect 17-of-17 on PATs…in 2002, he kicked nine field goals over 40 yards, including a career-long 54 yard field goal…is a three-time all-region selection as a place kicker.
Personal: Born March 29, 1984…majoring in exercise science.
At Florida State: Appears to have won the punting duties this past spring and enters his fourth season with the program…has punted in five games over the past two seasons…recorded a career-long punt of 54 yards in the 2003 home-opener vs. Maryland…holds a 43.6 average… walked on to the team in 2001…coaches debated about making him the starting punter last year, but opted for senior Jesse Stein who had a terrific season.
Sophomore Year (2003): Served as backup punter to veteran starter Jesse Stein…played in three games and had three punts for a 49.3 average…career-long of 54 yards came against Maryland…also has one for 50 yards against Colorado and one for 44 yards at Duke.
Freshman Year (2002): Backup punter who was called upon to punt twice during his redshirt freshman season…first career punt of 36 yards came at Maryland as the Seminoles won in College Park…second career punt of 34 yards came against North Carolina in an FSU win.
2001: Redshirted after walking onto the squad during fall practice.
High School: Graduated from Centreville High School in 2001…earned all-state first-team honors as a senior…named All-Met First Team by the Washington Post in 2000…led the Virginia 3A Northern Region with a 45.4 yard average on 42 kicks…pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 25 times on 42 kicks…earned All-Virginia 3A Concord district honors as a senior…helped lead Centreville to its first ever Virginia 3A District 6 championship…Centreville was ranked No. 4 in the final Washington Post Top 20 rankings during his senior season.
Personal: Born September 13, 1983…major is sport management.
Hall’s Career Stats
YEAR NO YDS AVG LONG TB FC I20 BLKD
2002 2 70 35.0 36 0 0 0 0
2003 3 148 49.3 54 1 0 0 0
CAREER 5 218 43.6 54 1 0 0 0
At Florida State: Enters the fall as the leader to replace four-year deep snapper Brian Sawyer…served as the backup deep snapper last season, but was not called into action…must fill big shoes as he will replace a very steady and experienced performer…made travel squad as a walk-on last year…will work at offensive guard, but primary duties will be with special teams.
Sophomore Year (2003): Travel with the team as the backup deep snapper, but did not move into on field role as a sophomore…also worked at offensive guard…saw some playing time as a reserve late in games.
Freshman Year (2002): Walk-on who did not see any game action.
High School: Graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 2001…helped lead St. Thomas to the state championship game against Pine Forest (Pensacola) in 2000…recorded three tackles in the state title game played in Gainesville.
Personal: Born July 15, 1982…major is finance.