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  Chris Griffith
Chris Griffith

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Gardnerville, NV

High School:
Douglas

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 204

Position:
PK

Birthdate:
03/17/1980

UCLA — Chris made the squad as a walk-on in 1998 and won the place kicking chores the following year … Possesses a strong leg and has done an outstanding job during his three seasons as a place kicker … Griffith has made 16 of his last 20 field goals over two seasons … His career percentage of 75.6 ranks third in school history behind John Lee (85.0%) and Alfredo Velasco (78.5%) … He ranks fourth on the school’s career field goal list with 34 … In addition, Griffith ranks eighth overall, and fifth among kickers, in career scoring with 212 points … Awarded a scholarship prior to the 2000 season.

2001 — Griffith was named first-team All-Pac-10 conference by collegefootballnews.com and was an honorable mention selection by the league’s coaches … He ranked second on the team with 71 points, making 10 of 13 field goal attempts and all 41 PATs … He was fourth (tied) in the Pac-10 in scoring (7.10) and fourth (tied) in field goals (1.00) … In the 2001 opener against Alabama, he converted field goals of 30 and 45 yards to help build a 20-10 lead and also pinned the Tide at its seven-yard line with a 28-yard punt from field goal formation … Against Kansas, he made second-quarter field goals of 31-and 36 yards and converted five PATs … In the win over Ohio State, he kicked a career-best 49-yard field goal in the second quarter and added a 33-yarder in the third period … However, he also missed from 40 and 38 yards, the first time since his freshman year that he was unsuccessful twice in the same game … At Oregon State, he booted a 42-yard field goal with 1:22 remaining in the first half to give UCLA a 10-0 lead and converted all five PATs … Against Oregon, he made field goals of 20 and 37 yards, his first attempts since Sept. 29 at Oregon State … On the final play of the game, he attempted what would have been a career-best 50-yard field goal to win the game, but his kick was just short and wide right … Against ASU, he added a 28-yard field goal.

2000 — Griffith enjoyed a very successful sophomore season, earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors … He ranked second on the squad with 77 points, making 11 of 14 field goals and 44 of 46 PATs … His 77 points were one shy of DeShaun Foster’s team-high 78 points … During the regular season, he ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in field goals (0.82) and tied for sixth in scoring (6.3) … His percentage of .750 ranked second (tied) in the league … Made two field goals against both Stanford and Wisconsin … Made 46-yard kicks, two yards shy of his career long, versus Oregon and Arizona State.

1999 — In his first season as the Bruins’ field goal kicker, Griffith converted 13 of 18 field goal attempts and all 25 of his PATs … Led the team in scoring with 64 points and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 with his average of 6.4 points per game … Also ranked first in the Pac-10 with his average of 1.3 field goals … He made the biggest kick of his career against Washington, making a 22-yarder in overtime to give the Bruins a 23-20 victory … On the afternoon, he made three of four field goals (35, 28 and 22 yards) and added two PATs … Griffith made his first five field goal attempts of the season (26 and 28 yards versus Fresno State, 35 and 33 yards against Ohio State and 37 yards against Boise State) before missing (partial block) from 49 yards at Stanford … Came back to boot a 32-yarder later in that game … The following week at Arizona State, he connected from 20 and 46 yards, the latter field goal with just 53 seconds remaining in the game … In the Oregon game, he converted attempts of 47 and 48 yards but had two attempts blocked (36 and 32 yards) … Made a field goal (three against Washington) in just one of the final five games of the season and attempted a three-pointer in just two of the final five contests (Arizona and Washington).

1998 — Did not see action during his first year in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL — Earned three letters in football under coach Steve Rippee at Douglas High in Minden, NV … Played quarterback, defensive back, place kicker and punter during his career … During his career, he made 14 of 17 field goals, including one of 57 yards (school record), and made two game-winning kicks … He also made 119 of 124 PATs and all five misses were blocks … As a senior punter, he averaged 44.3 yards … Also kicked off 98 times during his junior and senior seasons and put 73 in the end zone … As a quarterback, he compiled a record of 22-6 as a starter, passing for 847 yards as a junior and 1,557 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior … During his junior and senior years, he made 98 tackles in 19 games … As a senior in 1997, he was selected first-team All-State as a kicker and honorable mention All-State as a quarterback … First-team All-Conference and All-Division as a kicker, second-team All-Conference and first-team All-Division as a quarterback … In 1996, he earned second-team All-State honors as a defensive back … He was also first-team All-Conference and All-Division as a defensive back, first-team All-Division as a punter and second-team All-Division as a kicker … Also lettered in track and baseball.

PERSONAL — Full name: Christopher Paul Griffith … Born: March 17, 1980 in Garden Grove, CA … Parents: Christopher and Yvette Griffith … Has one brother (Brandon) … Lists reaching high school State championship semi-finals in both his junior and senior years as his career highlights … Enjoys skiing, fishing and hunting … Father played water polo in college … History major. Varsity Statistics - C. Griffith

Varsity Statistics - C. Griffith
Field Goals

Year

Tot

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

Lg

PAT

PT

1999

13-18

5-7

5-7

3-4

0-0

48

25-25

64

2000

11-14

4-4

4-4

3-6

0-0

46

44-46

77

2001

10-13

2-2

5-6

3-4

0-1

49

41-41

71

Totals

34-45

11-13

14-17

9-14

0-1

49

110-112

212

UCLA All-Time Made Field Goal List

?NameFGMFGALg
1. John Lee, 1982-85 8510052
2. Bjorn Merten, 1993-96 578350
3. Alfredo Velasco, 1986-89 516553
4. Chris Griffith, 1999- 344549
5. Chris Sailer, 1995-98 334656

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