Friday, 11 December 2015 02:28

Ka'imi Fairbairn Wins Groza

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

Fairbairn K 350ATLANTA - UCLA senior placekicker Ka’imi Fairbairn was named the winner of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to the Walter Camp All-America first team. Both honors were announced on Thursday evening on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

The Groza Award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a voting panel of Division 1 head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the county, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners. Fairbairn is the second Bruin to win the award. Kai Forbath was the first UCLA player to capture the Groza Award after his record-setting 2009 season.

Fairbairn became the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer after a 22-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game against Washington State (Nov. 14) and was named a Lou Groza “Star of the Week”.  He has made 41 straight field goals from 35 yards and in. He also earned Groza “Star of the Week” honors after connecting from 60-yards out against Cal (Oct. 22) which was the longest field goal in school history and the longest ever in a conference game. It is tied for the second-longest ever by a conference player.

His 53-yard field goal against Arizona State (Oct. 3), earlier this season, had tied for the fourth-longest boot in school history. Fairbairn became the first Bruin to record four 100-point seasons. He has handled all of the Bruin placekicking chores in his four seasons in the program and is ranked 13th in the country in field goal percentage and 14th in field goals per game. Fairbairn had a streak of 19 straight field goals made snapped in a miss from 49 yards at Utah (Nov. 21). In addition, 56 of his 79 kickoffs this season went for touchbacks. He enters the Foster Farms Bowl 20-for-23 on the season and a perfect 44-of-44 on extra point attempts.

Fairbairn becomes the first Bruin to be named to the Walter Camp All-America first team since Anthony Barr in 2013 and the first UCLA kicker since Kai Forbath in 2009.

The 2015 Walter Camp All-America team members will be honored at the organization’s national awards banquet, presented by First Niagara Bank, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

The Walter Camp All-America teams are selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by Marcum LLP, a New Haven-based accounting firm.

This is the 126th edition of the Walter Camp All-America team – the nation’s oldest All-America team. Twenty-five players have been selected to the first team by the 129 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, 27 players, due to ties in the voting, have been selected to the Second Team.

UCLA will face Nebraska in the Foster Farms Bowl. The annual Bay Area classic set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the site of Super Bowl 50. This will be UCLA’s third appearance in the Bay Area bowl game which will be televised nationally on ESPN at 6:15 p.m. PST/ 9:15 p.m. EST.

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