In 2019, the Miami Hurricanes had numerous issues that led to their 6-7 campaign. One issue in particular, the inconsistent performances of the kickers.
Miami experimented with three different kickers in the 2019 season, in Bubba Baxa, Camden Price, and Turner Davidson.
Baxa concluded his atrocious season at Miami hitting 50 percent of his field-goal attempts (5-10), making just 42.8 percent when the kick was inside the 39 yard-line, and also missed two extra-point attempts (15-17).
Baxa was benched and replaced by walk-on Turner Davidson. His tenure as a starter was poor, making 33.3 percent of his field-goals (1-3). Davidson’s worst came when his game-winning 25-yard attempt was blocked against Georgia Tech.
The third-string, Camden Price, was the best of the group, making 85.7 percent (6-7) of his field-goal attempts and converting 100 percent (18-18) of his extra-point attempts.
Although Price was impressive in the limited time that he played, his kicking power is weak compared to Miami’s relatively acquired, Jose Borregales.
The former FIU kicker, Jose Borregales, decided to transfer to the University of Miami this January.
Canes fans have every right to be ecstatic about the Miami native with his remarkable resume.
The redshirt senior is the all-time leading scorer at FIU with 281 points, starting all three-years of his collegiate career. Last year, Borregales closed his superb season hitting 72.4 percent of his field-goals (21-29), 94.9 percent extra-point rate (37-39), and making 3 out of 4 field-goal attempts that were 50+ yards.
In 2018, he went 14-18 on field-goal tries and 54-55 on extra points, ultimately making him a finalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker.
In 2017, he posted his best field-goal percentage in his collegiate career, hitting 83.3 percent of his kicks and a perfect 40-40 on extra-points.
In 2019, head coach Manny Diaz, was forced to go for it on 4th downs inside Miami’s 40 yard-line due to the inaccuracy of their kickers. The Booker T. alum will resolve this problem.
With the addition of Borregales, Miami’s offense will improve tremendously. Borregales will relieve pressure off of the offense as they can rely on him to sink 30-50 yard field-goals with ease. An example of this is when he torched the Hurricanes last season, hitting all three of his field-goals, including a 53 yard bomb in a 24-30 FIU victory against Miami.
Miami now has the opportunity to rely on an elite kicker to help win close-game scenarios. Borregales is an NFL caliber kicker that will immediately leave his footprint on the Canes offense next season. It’ll be fun to watch him wear the U on the side of his helmet in 2020.
In Borregales We Trust