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Friday, April 8, 2011

Draft Preview: Kai Forbath

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is UCLA's Kai Forbath. He ranks in the top five in the majority of the various draft rankings, and can often be found in the second spot.

Excerpts from Forbath's profile page on the Bruins' website:
2010 Senior Season
  • Semifinalist for Lou Groza Award
  • His .842 career percentage is second in school history among players with at least 20 career field goals (John Lee - .850)
  • Tied for first on UCLA career list with 85 field goals (John Lee)
  • Missed his only attempt (49 yds) against Stanford - snapping a streak of 40 consecutive field goals made inside of 50 yards
  • Kicked a 51-yard game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock to lift the Bruins to a 17-14 victory over Oregon State
  • Booted first half field goals of 40 and 37 yards at Arizona State ... his NCAA record for most career games with two or more field goals was extended to 31 games
2009 Junior Season
  • Winner of the Lou Groza Award
  • Selected first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Assoc., Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Sporting News, Football Writers' Assoc. of America, Phil Steele and rivals.com
  • He was a second-team selection by AP and first-team All-Pac-10 by the league's coaches
  • Made all 25 attempts from inside 50 yards and was three of six from 50 yards or more
  • His season field goal percentage of .903 set a new UCLA record and was the second-highest nationally among players with 23 or more attempts
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Earned third-team Associated Press (AP) All-America honors
  • Named first-team Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com
  • Began the season by connecting from 42 yards out in overtime to provide the winning margin against Tennessee
2007 Freshman Season
  • Second-team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News and an honorable mention All-Pacific-10 conference selection
  • Offensive winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year ... 
  • Became the first UCLA player to record five field goals of at least 50 yards in a season, including a freshman-best 54-yarder versus Oregon
  • He is also only the second player in school history to kick two field goals of at least 50 yards in the same game (Justin Medlock did it at Oregon in 2004) 
  • His 25 field goals tied the NCAA freshman record and set Pac-10 and UCLA Freshman records
  • In the Las Vegas Bowl, he made three (22,52, 50) of four field goals, however, on the final play of the game, he had a potential game-winning 28-yard field goal attempt blocked.
High School
  • Lettered four seasons at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Had a long field goal of 57 yards
  • USA Today first-team All-American
  • Rated No. 1 kicker nationally by ESPN.com
  • EA Sports first-team All-American as a punter in 2005 and as a placekicker in 2004 season
  • Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the CaliFlorida Bowl

2010: 13 of 18 (72.2%) FGs; 27 of 27 PATs; 66 points
2009: 28 of 31 (90.3%) FGs; 24 of 25 PATs; 108 points
2008: 19 of 22 (86.4%) FGs; 21 of 22 PATs; 78 points
2007: 25 of 30 (83.3%) FGs; 30 of 30 PATs; 105 points

After his strong junior season, Forbath could have come out early for the NFL draft, however he opted to remain in school:
"There were a couple things. I want to graduate, that is important to me and my family. I wanted to take the whole next year to help the team and get bigger, stronger and get more mature mentally.... I know there are some NFL teams looking to get a guy this year and I’m hoping that will be the same next year too. But I didn’t want to go just because the opportunity was there."
At the Bruins' Pro Day this year, he had a specific goal in mind:
"I needed to show them my kickoffs, and I have been working hard on those. I think I showed today that I can kickoff. You get to a certain point with stats, but you have to show them in person that you can perform under pressure."

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