Before the start of the college football season, the University of Miami football team was pretty excited about their new kicke Bubba Baxa’s ability to kick a field goal for over 60 yards.
Via Miami Herald
Baxa, the University of Miami’s new kicker, will turn 19 on the day of the Hurricanes’ home opener Sept. 8 against Savannah State.
But for now, the 6-0, 205-pound true freshman, rated the nation’s No. 2 kicker in the Class of 2018 by Kohl’s Kicking and No. 4 by ESPN, is focusing on nailing his field goals, extra points and kickoffs against LSU in Sunday’s season opener.
UM special teams coordinator Todd Hartley said coaches evaluated “about 15 to 18 kickers’’ around the country while recruiting and Baxa was “head and shoulders above the rest from a consistency and accuracy standpoint.’’
Baxa’s longest field goal in a game was 54 yards this past year against Dobie High. He said his longest during a practice was 70 yards before the start of his high school camp. He committed early to UM, choosing the Canes over Baylor and Army
During Sunday’s game between LSU, ESPN showed a graphic that revealed Baxa went 3-10 as a kicker in high school which left everyone completely baffled as to how he was ranked so highly despite his abysmal stats.