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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Draft Preview: Thomas Weber

Among the kickers eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Arizona State's Thomas Weber. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

2010 Senior Season
  • He was ASU's kicker in 45 of 49 games over the past four years
  • His 68 field goals are second-most all-time in school history, his 136 extra-points rank third all-time and his 340 points are second all-time by any position
  • Recorded a season-high five field goals, including a season-high 52-yarder, a pair of 40-yarders, a 38-yarder and a 36-yarder Dec. 2 against Arizona
  • Earned Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors.
2009 Junior Season
  • Played in only eight games due to injury
  • Made field goals of 24, 22, 27, 26 and 29 yards in the first game of the season Sept. 5 vs. Idaho State
2008 Sophomore Season
  • Also punted in 11 of the team's 12 games...had 59 punts for 2,442 yards (41.4 avg.)
  • Named a Second-Team Sophomore All-American by
  • Was a Pac-10 All-Academic Second-Team selection, the second straight year he earned all-conference academic honors...
  • Had two field goals, including a season-long 49-yarder, and he averaged 41.0 yards on four punts against UNLV on Sept. 13
2007 Freshman Season
  • Scored 118 points, tying him for the most in a season in school history with kicker Mike Barth, who did it in 2002
  • His 24 made field goals are tied for the second-most in school history, behind only Luis Zendejas' 28 in 1983...
  • The first freshman in history to receive the Lou Groza Award
  • Named a First-Team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News,, and
  • Began the Pac-10 season with seven field goals in the first two conference games, hitting three against Oregon State on Sept. 22 and then making four at Stanford on Sept. 29
  • Hit the game-winning field goal, a 37-yarder with less than a minute remaining in the game, in three-point win at Washington State on Oct. 6...
  • Made a career-best 53-yard field goal at UCLA on Nov. 10
High School
  • A 2005 graduate of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Earned first-team All-Serra League honors in 2003 and 2004 and was named to the All-Central City Team by The Los Angeles Times

2010: 17 of 24 (70.8%) FGs; 42 of 45 PATs; 93 points
2009: 8 of 13 (61.5%) FGs; 19 of 20 PATs; 43 points
2008: 19 of 25 (76.0%) FGs; 29 of 30 PATs; 86 points
2007: 24 of 25 (96.0%) FGs; 46 of 48 PATs; 118 points

Back during his freshman year, Weber commented just prior to winning the Groza Award:
"At the start of the season, all I was thinking about was playing and how to help the team. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be here. It's pretty crazy.... The biggest thing was to be behind Jesse [Ainsworth] for a year and work with him in practice every day. I saw how he prepared and how he warmed up. It was a great help and played a big part in what I do."
Prior to his senior season he discussed returning from injury:
"It was very, very frustrating. It was something I was just happy to get through; it was definitely a learning experience for me. It taught me how to deal with an injury, for myself and for the team.... [finally being healthy] has been a huge difference. It has been a huge confidence boost, especially for me and the team."

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