NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit OSUBeavers.com.
|Lettered at OSU: 2004-07|
|High school: A.B. Miller HS | Fontana, CA|
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.
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.
Career statistics: 80 of 104 (.769) field goals, seven of 50-plus yards, long of 58, 144 of 147 extra points (144 straight)
Runner up: Kirk 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)