Miami Hurricanes surprise breakout freshman star by national website

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kicker Andres Borregales was named the surprise breakout freshman star for the Miami Hurricanes in 2021 by 247Sports.Com. Borregales faces the difficult task of replacing not only Lou Groza award winner honoring the nation’s best kicker and first-team All-American Jose Borregales, but it’s also his older brother.

Jose Borregales was a machine kicking for the Miami Hurricanes last season. The FIU transfer made all 37 of his points after touchdown and 20 of 22 field-goal attempts. The only two misses for Jose came from 40-49 yards as he went seven for nine from that distance. Jose made both of his attempts from 50 yards plus.

Against Louisville, Jose made a season-high 57-yard field goal. Andres ended his high school career making 67 of his 69 career PATs and 15 of 20 career field goals. In 20 career games, Andres scored 112 career points for Champagant Catholic matching his brother’s long of 57 yards.

Andres has the advantage over the other freshmen in the ACC that 247Sports profiled being a guaranteed starter in 2021. The other players listed are running backs, wide receivers and defensive players. Succeeding his brother as the Miami kicker continues the Hurricanes upgrade at the position.

"ANDRES BORREGALES, K, MIAMI247Sports Composite Ranking: No. 1673The younger brother of 2020 Lou Groza Award winner Jose Borregales, Andres Borregales projects to step in exactly where his brother left off as the Hurricanes’ starting kicker. He has a leg, too. Borregales hit a 57-yard field goal during his junior year at Chaminade-Madonna Prep.Andy coming in is such an experienced kicker to be an early enrollee,’ special teams coordinator Jonathan Patke said, per Inside The U. “He feels like he’s an older guy because he’s been around his brother for so long and has kicked for so many years through camps.He’s kicked off the ground in high school. He’s really above his time."

Prior to Jose transferring from FIU to Miami, the Hurricanes struggled with their kicking for two years. In the second spring scrimmage on Friday night at Hard Rock Stadium, Andres made field goals of 43, 44 and 52 yards. With the potential for a high-scoring offense in 2021, Andres will be a critical player for Miami.

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Andres could have a chance to break the Miami single-season record of 25 field goals made set by Michael Badgley in 2015. Jose scored 97 points last year for Miami. With the potential for two more games in 2021, Andres has a chance to eclipse that number. Andres will continue to solidify the kicking game through at least 2023.