Georgia Tech’s Ray Rychleski Is The Mastermind Behind Blocking FSU Field Goals

    Georgia Tech special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski is the mastermind behind blocking FSU field goals. The Yellow Jackets' block wasn't his first rodeo with the Noles.

    October 28, 2015

    It’s Wednesday, and there’s no reason we can’t contribute to the #WBW realm. For the non-hashtag users out there, that’s “Way Back Wednesday.”

    Unfortunately, for Florida State fans, this little blast from the pretty recent past has to do with the Seminoles’ dramatic loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday.

    The Yellow Jackets handed FSU its first regular-season loss in three years — Oregon beat FSU in the College Football Playoff last year. The dramatic ending had an FSU win written all over it as Seminoles kicker Roberto Aguayo lined up for a game-winning field goal.

    Aguayo, the 2013 Lou Groza Award winner for the nation’s best kicker, is usually automatic with a range of … well, anywhere on the football field. But Georgia Tech broke through the FSU protection and swatted his kick. Lance Austin recovered the loose ball for the Yellow Jackets and scooted to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.

    It was the first fourth-quarter miss for Aguayo in his career, but there’s an even crazier statistic to think about.

    It appears that Ray Rychleski has some high-quality knowledge about the mechanics of FSU’s approach to field goal kicking.

    It’s an odd but very useful skill to have.

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