Ka'imi Fairbairn Wins Lou Groza Award

Dec. 10 -- UCLA's senior kicker wins the award that annually goes to the best field goal kicker in the country...

From UCLA's release:

UCLA senior placekicker Ka'imi Fairbairn was named the winner of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to the Walter Camp All-America first team. Both honors were announced on Thursday evening on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

The Groza Award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a voting panel of Division 1 head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the county, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners. Fairbairn is the second Bruin to win the award. Kai Forbath was the first UCLA player to capture the Groza Award after his record-setting 2009 season.

Fairbairn became the Pac-12’s all-time leading scorer after a 22-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game against Washington State (Nov. 14) and was named a Lou Groza “Star of the Week”.  He has made 41 straight field goals from 35 yards and in. He also earned Groza “Star of the Week” honors after connecting from 60-yards out against Cal (Oct. 22) which was the longest field goal in school history and the longest ever in a conference game. It is tied for the second-longest ever by a conference player.

His 53-yard field goal against Arizona State (Oct. 3), earlier this season, had tied for the fourth-longest boot in school history. Fairbairn became the first Bruin to record four 100-point seasons. He has handled all of the Bruin placekicking chores in his four seasons in the program and is ranked 13th in the country in field goal percentage and 14th in field goals per game. Fairbairn had a streak of 19 straight field goals made snapped in a miss from 49 yards at Utah (Nov. 21). In addition, 56 of his 79 kickoffs this season went for touchbacks. He enters the Foster Farms Bowl 20-for-23 on the season and a perfect 44-of-44 on extra point attempts.

Quotes from Fairbairn:

Thank you so much. First off, a tremendous thanks to the Lou Groza family and committee. It is an amazing honor to be part of such a proud tradition.

To the other finalists, Jake and Daniel, you guys are extremely talented and deserving. It has been a pleasure to get to know you both.

There is a quote by Sir Isaac Newton that says "I see as far as I see, because I stand on the shoulders of giants."

It is because of the efforts of a great deal of others that I stand here today. These people are the foundation that have enabled me to succeed.

I would like to thank my UCLA family. Gene Block, Dan Guerrero, Coach Mora and the rest of the UCLA staff. You provided me with an incredible opportunity and I am forever grateful.

To my teammates, you guys are my brothers. I love you guys and I will cherish the bonds we have made forever.

To Chris Longo and Jerry Neuheisal, you two never get enough credit and without your hard work I would never be here today. Thank you.

To my home state of Hawaii, mahalo nui loa for your unwavering support. I will always remember where I came from.

To my family at Punahou School, my teachers and coaches, especially Eric Hannum, and Chris Sailer. You have done so much for me, I can never repay you. Thank you.

To the rest of my family and friends in Hawaii, thank you for your unconditional love and support throughout the years.

To my girlfriend Rachel, you have been with me on this journey since the beginning.

Thank you, its not over yet.

And last but not least, my parents. You have set the foundation and course for me to grow

and find success. I am truly grateful and words can’t express how much you both mean to me.

On a final note Happy birthday Mom and Go Bruins.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories