In 2016, Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo had some big shoes to fill as the placekicker for the Seminoles. Aguayo was succeeding his older brother, Roberto Aguayo, who had quite a career kicking for Florida State.
Following in his footsteps was a challenge by default, and his freshman season showed he still had some work to do to be able to pass the bar set by his brother. There were a couple of games in an otherwise fine season in which Aguayo struggled with his field goals. One of those games, one saw Aguayo miss two field goals in a regular-season rivalry game against Florida.
Even though Florida State won the game, Aguayo claims his performance against the Gators led some members of a fraternity to attack him late one night. Aguayo was reportedly jumped by members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which has since been shut down following an investigation into the death of a pledge to the fraternity. From the Tallahassee Democrat report;
Aguayo told TPD he was walking by the fraternity house at about 3 a.m. on Dec. 2 when people on the front porch began to yell at him about his performance in the game.
“He said they were giving him a hard time about missed field goals during the Florida game,” officers wrote in their report. “He said he was rushed by several of the members of the fraternity…and was punched in the face.”
Aguayo did miss two field goals in the Nov. 26, 2016 game against the No. 20 Gators, although neither miss ended up hurting Florida State’s chances of winning. The Seminoles cruised to a 31-13 victory. Aguayo’s first miss came on Florida State’s first offensive possession of the game. It was a 49-yard attempt, which is certainly no automatic kick for any kicker, let alone a college kicker. Toward the end of the first half, Aguayo had a 44-yard attempt blocked.
Aguayo never sought medical attention and he reportedly did not wish to pursue charges against those who allegedly attacked him.
Pitting any blame on Aguayo for missing either of these field goals is just plain dumb. Then again, it is actions like this that lead to fraternity life getting a bad look.