Sunday, November 7, 2010

Death, Taxes and Kai Forbath

Kai Forbath hit a 51 yard game winning FG with time expiring to secure UCLA's 4th win of the season.  There isn't a lot to celebrate about UCLA football these days so I figured this would be a good time to honor the 2009 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award winner, which is given to the top placekicker in college football.  He is the first Bruin to win the award.  Forbath could have declared for the NFL draft last year since he also won 1st Team All-American honors, but opted to return for his senior season.  He is still likely to be the first PK drafted in the 2011 NFL draft.

My greatest hope for UCLA football, besides winning a national championship, is for a true star QB to emerge and succeed in the NFL.  Its been about 20 years since we last had a Hall of Famer QB (Aikman).  McNown raised then crushed our hopes.  It doesn't look to be likely anytime soon.

Anyway, we're pretty much Kicker U nowadays.  If Kai sticks in the NFL, he would become the most successful UCLA kicker ever.

UCLA All American Kickers

2009 Kai Forbath
2007 Justin Medlock
1993 Bjorn Merten
1985 John Lee

UCLA Kickers drafted

2007 Justin Medlock
1986 John Lee
1978 Frank Corral
1974 Efren Herren

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