Mike Tomlin is taking his kicking prospects very seriously.
Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo, who won the Lou Groza Award for best kicker as a freshman for the Seminoles, was kicking for the Steelers. Tomlin decided to mess with the well-known kicker and call a fake time out to ice him.
“At the end of the day I think I finished strong and finished with that game-winning [kick]. They called the timeout and I kicked it again, so they liked that. I think I had a great workout,” Aguayo said, per ESPN. “Tomlin called a timeout. They want to see you still kick it because you can test, see where the wind’s blowing and everything, so they liked that, how I kicked it still. It was a 50-yarder.”
“The Steelers’ [assistant coach] was trying to get in my head at the beginning. He was asking all these questions, but after I didn’t pay attention to him, he walked off,” Aguayo said. “See, those are the little things they want to see, if you get distracted, if you get flustered from … They’re like, ‘Why are you going to hit five warm-ups? Why can’t you hit three warm-ups?’ All those little things and he’s like, ‘Oh, you’re sticking by the book,’ and I was like, ‘Yes sir.’ Those are the little things, see, and overall I think I had a good workout.”
That’s putting someone on the spot. And Aguayo seemed to do okay.