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2010 CFN All-Americans & Top Players - PKs
UCLA PK Kai Forbath
UCLA PK Kai Forbath
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Posted Aug 18, 2010


CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top 30 Players - Placekickers



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All-Americans & Top Players


2010 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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Note: This isn't a ranking of the top pro prospects. This is based on the seasons we think the players are going to have. 

CFN 2010 FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

1. Kai Forbath, Sr. UCLA
In Forbath, the Bruins boast one of the nation’s premier placekickers, an All-American and the 2009 Lou Groza Award winner. Accurate from any distance, he’s the school’s best offensive weapon, nailing 72-of-83 career field goals, including 9-of-12 from beyond 50 yards.

CFN 2010 SECOND TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

2. Grant Ressel, Jr. Missouri
All Ressel had to do was step in and replace Jeff Wolfert, the most accurate kicker in the history of college football. Ressel wasn’t bad … the former walk-on hit 26-of-27 field goals with the one miss coming from 43 yards out against Nebraska in bad weather. While he didn’t attempt many bombs, his longest make coming from 46 yards away against Bowling Green, he hit 7-of-8 attempts from 40-to-49 yards away. He’ll be in the hunt for All-America honors and the Lou Groza Award.

CFN 2010 HONORABLE MENTION PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

3. Blair Walsh, Jr. Georgia
Walsh followed up a good 2008 with a whale of a sophomore season hitting 20-of-22 field goals with one of his misses coming from beyond 50 yards on his way to becoming a Lou Groza Award finalist. He has a big leg and range from well beyond 50, and last year he showed he could be consistent.

4. Alex Henery, Sr. Nebraska
Henery is one of the nation’s best all-around kickers averaging 41.4 yards per punt with 30 put inside the 20, and nailing 24-of-28 field goals and 41-of-46 shots over the last two seasons. He has a big leg, connecting on a 52-yard bomb against Texas, along with a clutch 42-yarder to keep the Big 12 title dream alive, and he hit all 15 attempts inside the 40. His four misses came from 54, 51, 43, and 50 yards away.

5. Ian McGarvey, Sr. Ball State
McGarvey nailed 16-of-21 field goals in 2008 and was even better last season connecting on 18-of-21 attempts including all five of his shots from 40-to-49 yards. He’s a weapon who could carry the offense at times.

BEST OF THE REST

6. Josh Jasper, Sr. LSU
Jasper has a monster leg, good consistency, and Lou Groza potential. He didn’t get much in the way of recognition last year with Alabama’s Leigh Tiffin and Georgia’s Blair Walsh also coming up with tremendous seasons, but he was almost as good hitting 17-of-20 shots. While he missed a 19-yarder against Mississippi State, he was 6-of-8 beyond 40 including a 50-yarder against Ole Miss and a 52-yarder against Louisiana-Lafayette. After missing a 52-yard try against Auburn, he connected on his last seven attempts.

7. Caleb Sturgis, Jr. Florida
The big-legged Sturgis proved he could handle more than just the kickoffs with a strong season hitting 22-of-30 field goals connecting on six from beyond 40 yards. While there were a few misfires, including a 29-yarder against South Carolina and a 20-yarder against LSU, of his eight misses, three were from behind 52 yards. With limitless range, he’ll get his chances from deep after hitting from 56 yards out against Georgia and 51 against Arkansas.

8. Tyler Bitancurt, Jr. West Virginia
Bitancourt is coming off an All-Big East first team debut, hitting 13-of-15 field goal attempts and all but one extra point try. A clutch and accurate kicker, he’s yet to show a ton of range, topping out at 45 yards a year ago.

9. Joe Phillips, Sr. Utah
There was no way anyone could replace one of the nation’s best all-around kickers, Louie Sakoda, but Phillips came close. The senior connected on 20-of-22 field goals and connected on a 48-yarder, but while he doesn’t have a cannon for a leg, it’s good enough. He’s a reliable weapon who’ll be the difference in at least one big game.

10. Thomas Weber, Sr. Arizona State
The program has one more season with Weber, one of the best kickers in the country and one of the best in Arizona State history. An ace from just about anywhere on the field, he’s hit 51-of-63 career field goal attempts and was the winner of the 2007 Groza Award. He was a little off a year ago, making only 8-of-13 tries, but only played in eight games and was hampered by nagging injuries. When healthy, he’s a next-level missile launcher, who can reach from beyond 50 yards.