THIS PLAYER BEGAN his career with one of the biggest challenges a freshman kicker can face. He didn't just overcome adversity, he landed on an all-conference team every year he played in Corvallis...

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Lettered at OSU: 2004-07
High school: A.B. Miller HS | Fontana, CA
Awards/All-conference: played in 2008 Senior Bowl. 2007 second team All-Pac-10, 2006 second team All-Pac-10, 2005 first team All-Pac-10, 2005 second team Associated Press All-American, 2005 Lou Groza Award Winner, 2004 second team All-Pac-10, 2004 Sporting News Freshman All-American

What others say:  Oregon State coach Mike Riley - "Serna has become a bit of a legend because of the way he came back after the LSU game. He has an inner toughness that is so important for kickers."

Career synopsis:  Perhaps the easiest selection on the all-decade team Alexis Serna is not only the best place kicker this decade, but in Oregon State football history. His 80 career field goals are nine more then the previous two kickers combined total.

Serna was a second or first team all-conference pick during his four years as a starter and earned All-American honors in two of his four years in Corvallis.

And he did all of that after a crushing game at LSU, played in conditions that resembled more a mud puddle than it did a football field. Serna missed three extra point attempts in a game the Beavers lost 22-21. But he went on that season to hit 29 consecutive extra points and make 17 of 20 field goals.

The pinnacle of the former walk-ons career came in 2005 when he booted 23 of 28 field goals, including 15 straight which tied a school record, and all 32 extra point in route to being honored with the Lou Groza Award. During that same year he broke an OSU record and tied a Pac-10 record by making 6 of 6 field goal attempts versus Washington.

The California native was automatic against the Huskies during his career making all 18 attempts with many coming in blustery, soggy conditions.

As a senior he was forced into punting duties, which hurt his field goal accuracy, but he still was a Lou Groza semifinalist.

At the conclusion of his career he was the second all-time leading scorer in conference history with 384 points, the eighth most in the NCAA for kickers, made the most field goals in OSU history (80), connected on a Pac-10 record 144 consecutive extra points and matched the school record for longest field goal (58).

Career statistics: 80 of 104 (.769) field goals, seven of 50-plus yards, long of 58, 144 of 147 extra points (144 straight)

Runner upKirk Yliniemi (1999-2003) - An honorable mention All-Pac-10 kicker as a junior and a second team member as a senior "The Y guy" made 15-straight field goals which is the co-most with Serna.  Yliniemi is second all-time for field goals made with 37 while his 86% career success  rate (37 of 43) is tops in school history.

Others worth mentioning: Ryan Cesca (1999-2002)

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