Miami Hurricanes freshman kicker Bubba Baxa was introduced to the college football world during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium between the No. 9 Hurricanes and No. 25 LSU Tigers on Sunday, Sept. 2.
At first, Twitter was buzzing because — let’s face it — Bubba Baxa is a pretty awesome name.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for Baxa to become the butt of everyone on college football Twitter’s jokes. That’s because ABC decided to showcase the freshman kicker’s high school stat line ahead of his first field goal attempt of the game.
What was Baxa’s line in high school? Well, he was just 4-of-10 as a senior. Yikes.
Baxa played for Pasadena (TX) Memorial High School and was a three-star recruit. He was one of the top kickers in his recruiting class early in the process, before going 5-of-9 as a junior and 4-of-10 as a senior. The good news? He was 26-for-26 on extra points.
The kicker also has a strong leg, once taking to social media to show off a 70-yard boot.
Kohl’s Kicking had this to say of Baxa as a prospect:
Baxa most recently competed at the 2017 National Scholarship Camp. He again showed blue-chip talent in July of 2017. He had a couple huge KO’s and showed great focus in the FG pressure round. In May he charted two KO’s that had over 4.3 seconds of hang-time. He had by far the highest charted KO of the Spring Showcase Camp Tour with a 4.5 second blast. His FG’s off the ground have improved to the point where he was able to go kick for kick with the nation’s best FG kickers. Baxa is a multi-sport athlete who should continue to develop in college. His upside is outstanding and his “A” ball is different from the rest of the 2018 class. His punting is solid but his overall ability on KO’s and FG’s is what he should focus on in college. Baxa is very competitive and has either won or been a finalist at multiple Kohl’s camps during the FG competition phase of camp. His height off the ground on FG’s has improved drastically this spring and he should be in contention for many All-American Teams.
While there is still room for Baxa to develop, he was immediately thrust into the starting role as the only scholarship kicker on the team and the replacement for record-setting kicker Michael Badgley.
So far in his college career, Baxa is 1-for-2 with his successful conversion coming from 38-yards out as the Hurricanes struggle against LSU.