According to Jameis Winston, Florida State assistant coach Randy Sanders has a motto: Never trust a kicker.
Roberto Aguayo, FSU’s third-year kicker, might have Sanders rethinking that stance.
Aguayo, last season’s Lou Groza Award winner, connected on each of his five field goal attempts Saturday, picking up the slack for FSU’s offense in the early stages of a 43-3 win over Wake Forest.
The Mascotte native is a perfect 12 for 12 on field goals this season, and has successfully kicked 21 consecutive field goals — a school record — dating back to last season. Including extra points, Aguayo has made 79 consecutive kicks.
“I didn’t even know [about the streak] until after the game,” Aguayo said. “... It is what it is. I hit all my field goals, and I feel good.”
FSU’s rough bout with injuries started before the game when junior linebacker Terrance Smith was surprisingly not dressed out because of an undisclosed injury.
Things got worse from there, as starting center Austin Barron left midway through the second quarter with a broken arm and star senior receiver Rashad Greene didn’t return after halftime because of a concussion.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said Barron could return later this season. Fisher also said Greene was fine, but “a little dizzy, had a little headache and all that.”
“We’re never going to take a chance with a player in that regard,” Fisher said.
Before suffering his concussion, Greene surpassed former FSU star Peter Warrick for second place on the school’s all-time list for career receptions. Greene had three catches in the first half, giving him 209 for his career. Ron Sellers (1966-68) holds the record with 212, which he accumulated over the course of a three-year career.
On a roll
FSU had its third consecutive solid outing on the ground, racking 171 yards on 33 carries (5.2 yards per attempt). Bolstered by a 56-yard rush in the fourth quarter, third-year sophomore Mario Pender led the effort with 70 yards and a touchdown on five carries. Senior Karlos Williams added 50 yards on 11 attempts, and Winston ran for 34 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman Lorenzo Featherston parlayed a strong outing at North Carolina State into his first career start Saturday. The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder from Greensboro, North Carolina, made the most of it with seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.
Featherston, the first true freshman to start outside of special teams for FSU this season, is up to 13 tackles and four tackles for loss.
“I’m pretty pleased with where [Featherson is] at,” Fisher said. “As a freshman, to get the number of reps he has by his fifth game … I’m pleased with his progress.”
Former quarterback Bill Cappleman, one of the stars of coach Bill Peterson’s pro-style offense from 1966-69, returned Saturday to take part in the “Sod Talk” pre-game gathering at FSU’s sod cemetery.
Cappleman, a second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1970, said he believes those FSU teams were innovators in college football in the late 1960s.
“I think [Peterson] was one of the pioneers and helped build the tradition here,” Cappleman said. “During my time at Florida State, we were ahead of the defense. Defense never caught up, and it allowed us to throw a lot, complete a lot, put up a lot of points.”