Analysis:UCLA loses its current kicker, Ka’imi Fairbairn, after the 2015 season to graduation, so it needed a true freshman in 2016 to step in and take over the field goal kicking duties. UCLA has a pretty incredible tradition of kickers, so there is always a big expectation for UCLA kickers, and that tends to draw the attention of the best kickers in the country – whenever UCLA needs one. Molson is ranked either the #1 or #2 kicker in the country (#2 by Chris Sailer’s rankings), and he showed early interest in UCLA. UCLA hadn’t offered him, but he visited UCLA a few months ago – twice, one time before spring practice and one time during. Molson, from Canada, made it pretty clear that UCLA was his top choice on both visits, but the thought was that UCLA would wait to offer him until the UCLA Specialists camp in late June. UCLA, though, pulled the trigger, offering him early this month and Molson immediately accepted.
Molson’s a pretty big kid, at about 6-1 and 190, and has a powerful leg. He has a very clean stroke, making it look effortless, even from a long distance. He’s very technical for a young kicker, having been a Sailer protégé for a while. His powerful leg really comes out, too, in kick-offs, where touchbacks are the norm, even currently at the college distance. He’s also a decent punter, who could be used there in a pinch.