Ranking the Pac-10 kickers

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

A reliable kicker is a great thing to have. And an unreliable one can cause fans to rip their hair out.

Kickers can be streaky, too, so a high or low rank here might not mean much once the holder places the ball for real.

  1. UCLA: Kai Forbath is a legit contender for the Groza Award. He was second-team All-Pac-10 in 2008, connecting on 19 of 22 field goals with a long of 53 yards. In fact, he's 6-of-6 from 50-plus yards over the past two seasons.

  2. Arizona State: Thomas Weber won the Groza Award as a true freshman two years ago. He was 19 of 25 on field goals with a long of 49 yards in 2008.

  3. Oregon State: Justin Kahut was inconsistent at times, but he connected on 16 of 24 field goals with a long of 47 yards.

  4. Washington State: Nico Graso made 9 of 13 field goals with a long of 47. His sample size is small, but he also kicked the game-winner in the Apple Cup.

  5. California: Giorgio Tavecchio hit 9 of 13 with a long of 42, but if he falters, David Seawright made 5-of-7 before an injury ended his season after five games.

  6. Oregon: Morgan Flint took over place-kicking duties for the final four games of 2008 and connected on 7 of 9 field goals with a long of 39 yards.

  7. USC: Former Nebraska kicker Jordan Congdon beat out touted JC transfer Jacob Harfman for field goal responsibilities. Harfman, who may be the Trojans' punter, will handle kickoffs and perhaps long field goals.

  8. Stanford: Notre Dame transfer Nate Whitaker beat out Travis Golia. He was a kickoff specialist for the Fighting Irish.

  9. Arizona: Alex Zendejas, whose uncle is famed place-kicker Max Zendejas, was inconsistent in preseason camp.

  10. Washington: Erik Folk has missed the previous two seasons with injuries and was inconsistent in preseason camp.