Dec. 17, 2009
Four members of the UCLA football team have been named to the Rivals.com team, it was announced today.
Junior place kicker Kai Forbath and senior cornerback Alterraun Verner were named to Rival.com's first team while junior defensive tackle Brian Price and sophomore safety Rahim Moore were second-team selections.
In addition, Rahim Moore was named Sporting News' Pac-10 Defensive MVP while three Bruins - offensive tackle Xavier Su'a-Filo, punter Jeff Locke and cornerback Sheldon Price -- were named to Sporting News' All-Freshman team.
Forbath has had a sensational junior campaign for the Bruins. He won the Lou Groza Award and was also selected first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches Assn., the Football Writers Assn. of America, Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation. He ranks No. 2 nationally with 2.17 field goals per game and his .897 percentage (more than 20 attempts). He has connected on 26 of 29 field goals this season. His only misses have come from distances of 51, 52 and 51-yards out. Forbath has connected on 35 straight field goal attempts under 50-yards, dating back to the Oregon game in 2008.
Price, a true junior, has recorded 34.5 tackles for a loss in his last 21 games, including 4.0 against Arizona State and Tennessee, 3.0 at Washington State and 2.0 against Oregon and at USC. He has 22.5 tackles for loss in 12 games this season and ranks first in the Pac-10 (by 7.5 TFL) and is tied for third in the NCAA. He ranks second all-time in UCLA history with 43.5 tackles for loss, and is also second on the single season list with 22.5, trailing only Robert Thomas' 26.0 TFL in 2001. He was named first-team All-America by the AFCA and SI.com, second team by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Sporting News and third team by AP.
Moore, a true sophomore, leads the nation with nine interceptions, averaging 0.75 per game. He also ranks fourth (tied) nationally, in passes defensed (1.33 per game). He tied the UCLA single-game record with three interceptions against San Diego State and also made two each versus Tennessee and Arizona. Moore has made 45 tackles on the year, including three for loss. He was a first-team All-America selection by Scout.com, a second-team Walter Camp Football Foundation and SI.com selection and a third-team choice by AP. He was also named Pac-10 Defensive MVP by Sporting News.
Verner, a senior who led the nation in passes defensed in 2008, ranked second in the Pac-10 and 19th (tied) in the NCAA this season with his five interceptions. He is also fifth on the squad with his 65 tackles. Verner has made 13 interceptions during his career and returned four for touchdowns - a new UCLA school record. He was also named third-team All-America by AP.