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FIU Kicker Jose Borregales Joins Miami as Grad Transfer

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The guy who waited for a Miami offer, and never got one, is now a Cane

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Miami at FIU Photo by Samuel Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just go ahead and add the 6th championship to the case - Miami got themselves a kicker. Kidding aside, one of the biggest and most obvious holes on the Hurricanes’ roster looks to be filled by someone whose story is well-known (if not outright infamous). Jose Borregales was a huge part of FIU’s historic upset over Miami, a 30-24 embarrassment that wasn’t as close as the score may indicate. In that game, the Miami-born kicker was 3-for-3 on field goals, and 3-for-3 on extra points, including two 50+ yarders. During the entire season, the Canes’ trio of kickers only made one 50+ field goal.

Borregales, a junior in 2019, has been a solid, dependable player after getting handed the kicking job as a redshirt freshman. Borregales successfully kicked field goals at an 83.3% rate as a freshman, 73.7% as a sophomore and 72.4% as a junior. For comparison, this season Turner Davidson was 1-for-33 (33%), Bubba Baxa was 5-for-10 (50%) and Camden Price was 6-for-7. However, Price’s longest field goal was a measly 32 yards. Borregales is 4-6 from 50+ in his career.

The newest Hurricane has been vocal about his love for The U - he called it his “dream school” and said the decision was “straightforward.” The Booker T. Washington High School product said he was motivated by the lack of attention he got from Miami during the recruiting process, opting to join the FIU Panthers. He certainly got the Canes’ attention after helping defeat them this past November. Expect Borregales to be the heavy favorite to win the full-time starting kicker job this summer.

Welcome to Miami, Jose Borregales!