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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Florida State Seminoles 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Florida State Seminoles.

8/28/13 kicking update: 
"Aguayo was Hopkins’ understudy last season and hasn’t kicked in a game since 2011 as a senior in high school. But based on his performance in spring practice and preseason camp, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is quite comfortable with his new kicker. 'He’s kicked very well ... the kicking off, timing, getting it up and getting it off,' Fisher said on Wednesday. 'He’s kicking the ball very well and I feel very confident.' FSU coaches track everything on their kickers short of the number of water breaks they take. In the preseason, against a live rush or in scrimmages, Aguayo has made 79-of-84 field-goal attempts (.940) and is 8 of 10 on attempts of 50 yards or longer. 'If I miss one, if I feel like I’m not hitting the ball well, I just recall those stats and go back to what I’ve been doing all preseason,' he said. 'If I have bad days, which are rare, I tweak it a little. I feel very comfortable with myself.' FSU coaches would like to see more kickoffs with a hang time of 4.0 seconds or better. Aguayo said he’s averaging about 3.9. Just days from his college debut, Aguayo seems calm. 'If it comes down to me having to try a game-winning kick, in my first year, my first game, I know the pressure will be there,' he said. 'If I’m nervous I just go back to what you’ve been doing in practice'.”
Kicker: Robert Aguayo, freshman (Mascotte, FL / South Lake HS)
One of the nation's top kickers coming out of high school, who spent the 2012 season studying behind FSU's and the ACC's all-time career scorer as well as the NCAA's all-time kick scorer in kicker Dustin Hopkins.
Spring Game:  Aguayo made 5 of 6 field-goal attempts in FSU's spring game, including a 58-yarder and 51-yarder. Had Aguayo's 58-yarder been during a regular-season or bowl game, it would have been the second longest in school history (Gary Cismesia had a 60-yarder in 2007). 'The spring game wasn't an official game,' Aguayo said. 'But in a game (situation), with a snap, hold, with the line watching, that's my farthest with a bunch of people watching me'."
"I've just been working hard day by day getting better and just trying to stay healthy overall. My plans are to come into this season prepared to help my team in every situation possible, whether it be putting a kickoff on the one or hitting a 50 yard field goal to win the game."
Kicker: Clayton Pickler, sophomore (Grapevine, TX / Colleyville Heritage HS)
"I returned to campus on June 1st and have been attending team workouts Monday through Friday every week. Working out and conditioning every day have helped me become a much better athlete and the addition of kicking at least every other day have put in me in a position of comfort where I feel ready to kick in the fall. My goals for rest of summer are to be as physically prepared for the season as I can be and to continue perfecting my craft to be the best kicker I can be. My goals for the fall are to capitalize on any in game opportunities that I earn and the eventual goal is to earn and solidify my position as the starting kicker. The real goal above all is to help Florida State bring home a National Championship."
Punter: Cason Beatty, sophomore (Charlotte, NC / Olympic HS)
"In the spring, Beatty was adamant in saying that he has spent this offseason working on ways to increase his average and shorten the amount of time it takes for him to catch and kick the ball. He and long-snappers have gotten into a better rhythm and have a better idea of what height Beatty can catch the ball from before driving his leg upward. By the end of his first year, Beatty began seeing improvements throughout his game. His punts were going higher, some were traveling further. Field position was becoming much more of an asset to the Seminoles. For those reasons, he's optimistic that 2013 will be a much better year."
Long snapper: Philip Doumar, senior (Jupiter, FL / Jupiter HS)
2013: Enters his fifth year in the program as the top choice to replace four-year starter Dax Dellenbach as the long snapper. Has snapped in four games in his career.
2012: Appeared in two games for the `Noles but traveled to each contest...snapped in the first two games of the season against Murray State and Savnnah State.
Long snapper: Danny Adams, junior (Ft. Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas)
Transfer from eastern Kentucky University.
Long snapper: Barrett Kernon, junior (Ormond Beach, FL / Seabreeze HS)
"We have been working out and running every day. When it comes to snapping we do so about 3-4 times a week. We do a lot of work with med balls to work on speed and also a lot of accuracy drills. My goal for the summer is to get bigger faster and stronger and with that continue to excel in snapping for my goals this upcoming season I want to earn playing time and the starting job and be perfect at what I do"
Long snapper: Mitchell Zak, junior (New Smyrna Beach, FL / Calvary Christian Academy)

Long snapper: Rhett Goodman, sophomore (Tamps, FL / Jesuit-Tampa)

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