UCLA Place-Kicker Kai Forbath Wins the Lou Groza Award
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 11, 2009) – During last night’s live Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced UCLA place-kicker Kai Forbath as the winner of the 2009 national Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.
"I am honored to be the recipient of the 18th annual Lou Groza Award,” said Forbath. “I’d like to thank the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Lou Groza Committee for this opportunity. I plan to work hard and hope to be back here next year.”
Forbath, a junior from Pacific Palisades, California, enjoyed a successful season making 26 of his 29 field goal attempts which was second in the nation and was a perfect 23 of 23 from inside fifty yards. Dating back to last season, he has made 35 straight field goals inside the fifty. He also connected on 3 of 6 attempts of fifty yards or farther and kicked four field goals in a game twice this season. His 283 career points rank fifth all-time on the Bruins scoring list, while his 9 field goals from 50 yards or farther are a UCLA record.
Forbath beat out Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin and Georgia’s Blair Walsh for the award. Tiffin led all Football Bowl Subdivision kickers with 29 made field goals, while Walsh hit 19 of 21 kicks this year, including an FBS-leading 4 from fifty yards or farther.
Forbath is the first Bruin to win the Groza in the 18 year history of the award and the fourth kicker from the Pac-10 joining Arizona State’s Thomas Weber (2007), Oregon State’s Alexis Serna (2005) and University of Arizona’s Steve McLaughlin (1994). The national panel of voters is comprised of college football media, FBS division coaches, past winners and conference officials.
About the National College Football Awards Association
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (www.LouGrozaAward) is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official Web site, www.NCFAA.org.
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.PalmBeachSports.com.