UCLA kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker, as it was announced at the The Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony held on Thursday night. He is the second UCLA kicker to win the Lou Groza Award.
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Fairbairn joins 2009 winner Kai Forbath as the only Bruins players to win the award.
The 6’1”, 190-pound place kicker from Kailua, Hawaii has connected on 20 field goals (on 23 attempts) and all 44 extra-point attempts this season while accruing 104 points. For his career, Fairbairn has 68 field goals and 206 point after touchdowns, while registering 410 total points.
This was the fourth-straight season that Fairbairn scored more than 100 points, as he has been a model of consistency and dependability. As such, he’s expected to get a chance to play in the NFL, and Walter Football has him as their top kicking prospect.
He also had one heck of kick in the Bruins game against California. In the game against the Bears back on October 22, Fairbairn nailed a school-record 60-yard field goal just as time expired before halftime.
Watch here to see one heck of a booming kick:
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Fairbairn beat out Jake Elliott of Memphis and Auburn’s Daniel Carlson for the Lou Groza Award.