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  Nate Fikse
Nate Fikse

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Anaheim, CA

High School:
Esperanza

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 188

Position:
P-PK

Birthdate:
08/11/1981

Experience:
3V

UCLA -- This versatile kicker has established himself as an All-America candidate after earning first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference acclaim this past year and second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference recognition two years ago ... Named first-team pre-season All-America by Street & Smith's ... Is equally adept at both punting and place kicking and does an outstanding job on kickoffs ... Fikse enters his senior year with a career punting average of 43.1, which ranks No. 2 on UCLA's all-time list, trailing only Kirk Wilson's record of 44.60.

2001 -- The first-team All-Pac-10 selection (coaches, The Sporting News and collegefootballnews.com) led the Pac-10 in punting for the second straight season ... Earned the Tommy Prothro Award for Outstanding Special Teams Player ... On the year, Fikse averaged 44.19 yards, the fourth-highest (tied) average in UCLA history, on 53 punts and ranked first in the Pac-10 and eighth in the nation ... Twelve of his punts caused opponents to start inside their own 20-yard line ... In the opener at Alabama, he averaged 44.2 yards on eight punts ... Three times, he forced the Crimson Tide to start at their own 10-yard line or deeper, including a 46-yard punt that pinned Alabama at its 10-yard line with 21 seconds remaining in the game ... Against Kansas, he averaged 42.0 yards on three kicks ... In the win over Ohio State, he averaged 45.8 yards on his four punts and only one was returned for nine yards ... However, due to a missed blocking assignment, a first-quarter punt at the Bruin 17-yard line was blocked and recovered in the end zone ... Against Washington, he averaged 47.2 yards on six attempts ... At Stanford, he averaged 43.5 yards on four kicks, placing one inside the 20-yard line ... In addition, Stanford returned just two of the punts for 23 yards after entering the game with a 19.9 average ... At Washington State, Fikse averaged 50.6 yards on seven punts ... He had kicks of 65, 63 and 58 yards and twice pinned the Cougars inside the 20-yard line ... At USC, Fiske averaged 43.0 yards on six punts, with two inside the Trojan 20-yard line ... In the finale against Arizona State, he averaged 43.2 yards on four kicks, including one of 55 yards.

2000 -- As a true sophomore, Fikse earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a punter behind All-America Nick Harris of California ... He averaged 43.3 yards on 75 kicks and had 19 kicks of at least 50 yards ... Seventeen of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line ... His regular-season average of 43.3 ranked first in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation ... He averaged at least 45.0 yards in five games and was below 43.0 only four times in 12 games ... He averaged 48.1 yards against Michigan, 47.2 at Arizona and 45.7 yards on three kicks versus Wisconsin ... Against Stanford, he averaged 43.5 yards on six kicks, including one he killed at the three-yard line which ultimately led to a 22-yard Bruin touchdown drive ... His total of 3,246 yards on his 75 punts set a new school record, breaking the mark of 3,130, set by Matt McFarland in 1978 ... He was added to the Ray Guy Punting Award `Watch List' midway through the season.

1999 -- Fikse enjoyed a memorable season as a true freshman and was named second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News ... On the year, he averaged 42.0 yards on his 68 punts to rank No. 2 in the Pac-10 ... He forced opponents to start inside the 20-yard line on 11 occasions ... Enjoyed his best day in the season finale against USC ... He averaged 49.0 yards on six kicks, and UCLA's net average was 43.7 (32 yards in returns) ... He was also very productive at Stanford, averaging 47.0 yards on three punts ... None of his punts were returned and one was downed at the Stanford two-yard line ... At Arizona State, he averaged 45.1 yards on eight kicks (one for 65 yards) and just three were returned ... Against Oregon, he averaged 42.0 yards on six kicks, including a then-career-long 69-yard punt, and just four were returned for a total of 15 yards ... Against California, he averaged 44.0 yards on a career-high nine punts and twice pinned the Golden Bears inside the 20-yard line ... He also averaged 46.9 yards on eight punts against Oregon State, including a career-best 76-yard kick ... However, he also suffered his first block (credited as a team punt) in the fourth quarter.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned three varsity letters in football for coach Gary Meek at Anaheim's Esperanza High ... PrepStar All-American ... Rated the No. 1 kicker in the Western Region by PrepStar ... USA Today honorable mention All-USA ... A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 65 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region) ... Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports ... Named first-team All-CIF Southern Section ... Selected All-CIF Division I ... First-team All-Orange County by both L.A. Times and Orange County Register ... One of Orange County's Top 25 prospects (Orange County Register) ... Fikse was 8-11 in field goals as a senior, including a school-record 56-yarder ... He connected on 51-54 extra points ... Selected Sunset League Kicking Specialist of the Year ... Possesses a powerful leg ... Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game ... As a junior, he hit 5-9 field goals and 43-44 extra points and was named honorable mention all-league ...Also lettered four years in soccer for coach Kino Oxacca ... Had 38 career shutouts as a high school goalie ... As a senior, he was selected first team All-League, team MVP and captain ... As a freshman, sophomore and junior, team was league champion ... As a junior, Nate was named defensive player of the year and first team all-league ... As a freshman, his team won the CIF soccer championship ... His club soccer team was a Dallas Cup finalist ... Four-time member of the Principal's academic honor roll.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Nathan Allen Fikse ... Born: August 11, 1981 in Orange, CA ... Parents: Allen and Elizabeth Fikse ... Has one older brother, Jaeson ... Lists New England Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri, who is known for his pressure kicks, as the athlete he admires and patterns his kicking style after ... Credits former Bruin kicker Chris Sailer with being his mentor ... Hobbies include reading, drawing, working with kids, going to movies and playing the bass guitar ... Career objective is to be a psychologist or high school teacher/coach ... Psychology major.

Varsity Statistics - N. Fikse
Punting

Year

No.

Yds

Avg

I20

Lg

TB

1999

68

2,857

42.0

11

76

8

2000

75

3,246

43.3

17

74

5

2001

53

2,342

44.2

12

65

13

Totals

196

8,445

43.1

40

76

26


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