Ka'imi Fairbairn on Groza, UCLA Career

Nov. 26 -- UCLA's senior kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn talks about being a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award and his UCLA career...

Ka'imi Fairbairn talked after practice. 

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On being a Groza Award Finalist:

Its a great honor. I’m really excited about it. Im looking forward to going to Atlanta and Florida for it.  This week, we’re just focused on beating our opponent and knocking it through the uprights.  

On how much he looked at the other finalists:

You kind of keep track on how everyone is doing. Both of them are really talented, they’ve kicked some far kicks.  It will be tough.  I’m looking forward to the experience.

On if he knew the other kickers:

I haven’t met them before.  I think they’re Kornblue guys, I’m a Sailer guy.

On if he ever envisioned his career the way its turned out:

You just think about putting out for your team. If that comes along, you’re really blessed and honored. I can honestly say it’s been a goal of mine.  You want to be the top of your class. But every kick, one at a time.

On Jerry Neuheisel:

He and Chris Long take their job very seriously and it’s really made a difference. They never get enough credit. They’re my guys.

On if he bought Jerry dinner for suggesting the 60-yard field goal:

I fed him dinner, I made him dinner, I didn’t buy him dinner. I brought him some poke from Hawaii and he thanked me for that and I think that makes up for it.

On if they’ll go to Atlanta with him:

I hope so.  We’re trying to go out together. We’re a unit and all deserve to go together.  We’re a unit along with the score team. The offense, getting us in the red zone and points, its a team effort.

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