University of Miami

Miami Hurricanes kicker Michael Badgley is national leader

As Miami prepares for Saturday’s game against No. 6 Clemson, the Hurricanes aren’t only No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin.

Kicker, Michael Badgley, is No. 1 in two national rankings: field goals per game and field goals made — numbers that probably make coaches both happy and concerned, considering they’d like to punch in more touchdowns from the red zone.

Badgley is averaging 2.67 field goals a game and has hit 16 of 19 attempts for an 84.2-percent accuracy rate. Badgley’s field goals include a 28-yarder against Nebraska that won the game for Miami in overtime. In that game he hit a career-high five field goals, tying a school record.

He’s 10 for 10 for his career in field goals between 40-49 yards. He leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game, good for sixth in scoring in the NCAA.