That 52-yard miss from last year’s Pac-12 Championship loss? Ka’imi Fairbairn doesn’t think about it much.
“Every kick’s the same kick,” the UCLA kicker said. “We have a 24-hour rule. You learn from it, and you move on.”
He’s practiced that field goal from the left hash over and over in the months since that 27-24 loss to Stanford. Even if the miss no longer gnaws at him, some heroics this Saturday at the Farm could help fans forget it too.
Fairbairn also has no complaints about new longsnapper Chris Longo and holder Jerry Neuheisel. If there’s been a drop-off from the mechanical efficiency of the Kevin McDermott-Jeff Locke duo, Fairbairn insists he hasn’t noticed.
From the notebook in today’s Daily News:
“I have a system — I think every kicker has a system where he doesn’t look at the snap,” he said. “He’s all in his element. The ball is gonna be there. You trust that the ball is gonna be there and you swing through.”
Fairbairn’s production this fall has been comparable to what he did in the latter half of 2012, hitting 9 of his 12 attempts. He is 3 of 5 on field goals of 40-49 yards as a sophomore, compared to 2 of 5 as a freshman. His three misses overall have come from 46, 48 and 55 yards away.