Dec. 16, 2008
UCLA sophomore place kicker Kai Forbath has been named to Associated Press' All-America third team, it was announced today.
In 2008, Forbath made 19 of 22 field goal attempts, including his final 13 of the season. His average of 1.58 field goals tied for the Pac-10 lead and ranked 10th (tied) in the NCAA. He was also 10th in the league in scoring and fifth in kick-scoring (6.50). He made 17 of his final 18 attempts of the year, including the last 13. His 19 field goals in 2008 ranked No. 8 on UCLA's single-season list (his 25 field goals last year rank No.3 on that same list).
He has already kicked six field goals of at least 50 yards in his career, tying Justin Medlock's school record. In fact, Forbath is six for six from at least 50 yards in his two years as the Bruins' kicker. Forbath ranks fifth on the UCLA career field goals list with 44.
Forbath began the season by connecting from 42 yards in overtime to provide the winning margin against Tennessee. Forbath also made good on his only other attempt of the night, a 41-yarder in the third quarter. He was selected Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week. At BYU, Forbath had one field goal blocked (32) and missed a 27-yard attempt. Against Arizona, he converted his only attempt, a 35-yarder at the end of the first half. Against Fresno State, he tied his career best by kicking three field goals - 25, 46 and 35 yards - and made two of three PATs (the third was blocked) for 11 points. In the win over WSU, he made all four PATs and did not attempt a field goal. At Oregon, he made one of two field goals (missed from 47, made from 28) and all three PATs. He also handled the kickoff chores for the first time in his career.
In the win over Stanford, he tied his career high by making all three field goal attempts (37, 19 and 28 yards) and added two PATs. For his efforts, he was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. He was also selected one of three Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week. At Cal, he made field goals of 23 and 38 yards and added two PATs. Against Oregon State, he made field goals of 29 and 35 yards - his seventh and eighth straight kicks. In the win at Washington, he made both of his field goal attempts (49 yards and 18 yards) and all three PATs.
At Arizona State, he kicked field goals of 53, 38 and 26 yards to account for all of UCLA's nine points. The 53-yard field goal was his longest of the year and the sixth of at least 50 yards in his career, tying that school record. Against USC, he made his only PAT and did not have a field goal attempt.