UCLA junior Kai Forbath has been named the 2009 winner of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The announcement was made this afternoon on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, FL. He was one of three finalists.
In addition, he was also named first-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Last week, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team.
In the long line of UCLA All-America place kickers, Forbath might just be the best ever. On the year, he has made 26 of 29 field goals and 22 of 23 PATs for 100 points. He ranks second nationally in field goals per game (2.17). He is perfect (23 of 23) from inside 50 yards and three of six from 50+ yards. His .897 percentage this year is No. 2 in the NCAA among players with 22 or more attempts.
Dating back to last year, Forbath has converted 39 of his last 42 field goals and had a string of 16 straight successes snapped at Arizona when he missed from 52 yards. He has connected on his last 35 straight field goal attempts inside 50 yards (his last such miss came on a 47-yard attempt in game six last season at Oregon).
Forbath’s .864 percentage is the highest in school history among players with at least 20 career field goals (John Lee holds the current record at .850). He ranks second (tied) in school history with 70 field goals and No. 5 in career scoring with 283 points in just 37 games.
His school-record nine field goals of 50 yards or longer rank No. 1 among active FBS kickers. His 70 field goals rank second (tied) among all active players (the next junior is 20 field goals behind him) and his career percentage of .864 is No. 2 among players with at least 40 attempts.
At Tennessee, he made a single game career-best four field goals (26, 39, 31, 47, miss 51). He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Against California, he converted all four field goal attempts (24, 39, 46, 35) to tie his career high and added two PATs for 14 points.
At Arizona, he made field goals of 53 (a season long and his school-record ninth career field goal of 50+ yards.