Borregales Becomes First Hurricane to Win Groza
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Jose Borregales became the first Miami Hurricane to ever win the Lou Groza Award honoring the nation’s top place kicker, as announced Thursday night at the 30th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards.
Borregales was among those players recognized as major award winners by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), earning top honors by beating out Jake Oldroyd of BYU and Will Reichard of Alabama.
In addition, Borregales picked up first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp, making him the University of Miami consensus All-America since Antrel Rolle accomplished the feat in 2004. Borregales was previously named a first-team All-America by American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Sporting News.
Borregales, a redshirt senior from Miami, transferred to the Hurricanes in January 2020 and posted one the best seasons by a kicker in program history. Converting 20 of 22 attempts on the year, Borregales posted a 90.9% accuracy rate that was tied for the best in the nation among kickers with at least 20 attempts.
An All-ACC first-team selection, Borregales connected on eight field goals from at least 40 yards out during the regular season, a figure that was tied for fourth-most in the country. The list includes a 57-yard boot that came as part of a 4-for-4 field goal, 17-point performance on the road against Louisville that earned him ACC Specialist of the Week honors.
Combined with his totals at FIU, Borregales finished the year second in the nation among active kickers with 70 career field goals.