Feb. 10, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State signed two important special teams player as part of its 2012 class but only one of those new Seminoles will see the field this season.
While Cason Beatty has the opportunity to earn the starting job at punter after enrolling early, kicker Roberto Aguayo will take a different route to the field in his career.
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Instead of joining the football program this summer, Aguayo will take what is called a “grayshirt” and instead enroll in January of 2013 — a semester after Dustin Hopkins’ FSU career ends and his NFL career gets started.
“That was talked about way ahead of time,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “It was also something [Aguayo] liked the idea of doing because of instead of wasting a redshirt when Hopkins kicks, then if that happens he can come in and still have the spring to kick and do everything and if he got injured or something happened he’d still have his redshirt and still be in school.”
By enrolling in 2013, Aguayo will have the chance to earn and hold on to a starting job for four seasons like Hopkins.
Even though he will have extra time to prepare for the responsibilities and pressures that come from being a kicker at a major Division I-level school, Aguayo’s preparation process has already started. Unlike most high school kickers, the 6-foot, 183-pound prospect didn’t use a tee while playing for South Lake High School in Groveland, Fla.
“He wanted to impress college coaches from the beginning so he kicks it off the ground,” FSU running backs/special teams coach Eddie Gran said.
Like Hopkins, Aguayo is also known for his powerful leg.
“His coach told me he only had three kickoffs returned this year,” Gran said. “The rest of them went out of the endzone.”
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