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Alexis Serna (K)
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 170
College: Oregon St.
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Fontana, CA
High School: A.B. Miller
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Overview

Overview

Alexis Serna produced a record-breaking college career.


A walk-on when he arrived, he became the 2005 Lou Groza Award recipient as the nation's premier kicker and was a semifinalist in 2004 and '06. He was named All-Pac- 10 Conference second-team (2004 and '07) twice and selected to the first-team in 2005. Along the way, he was chosen Pac-10 Player of the Week six times.


Serna concluded his career as the school's all-time scoring leader with 384 points, six shy of the Pac-10 record of 390 points by John Lere of UCLA (1982-85). Only John Lee (85), Luis Zendejas of Arizona State (81, 1981-84) and Jeff Jaeger of Washington (85, 1983-86) have had more successful field goals in a career that Serna's 80 in conference history. His 111 points scored in 2006 were the most ever in a season by an OSU kicker, topping the previous mark of 103 points by Kirk Yliniemi in 2003.


Serna lettered twice in football at A.B. Miller High School. He was named athlete of the year as a senior. He booted a school-record 49-yard field goal during his prep career and had a career total of eight. He also handled punting duties with a career-long of 67 yards. He lettered three years in soccer and track, as he participated on two relay teams, as well as the 200 meters and the long jump.


After enrolling at Oregon State in 2003, Serna joined the team as a walk-on, but spent the year on the scout team. Despite being benched for the second game of the 2004 season, he earned second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors and was named by The Sporting News to its Freshman All-Pac-10 squad. He was also a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, scoring 80 points on 17-of-20 field goals (85.0%) and 29-of-32 extra-point attempts.


Ironically, his only missed PATs came in the season opener vs. Louisiana State, leading to his benching the following week vs. Boise State.


Serna rewarded the coaching staff for giving him a scholarship in 2005 by winning the Groza Award. He added All-American and All-Pac-10 honors, scoring 101 points. He connected on 82.1% of his field goal tries (23 of 28) and all 32 extra points, adding two solo tackles while kicking off 65 times for a distance average of 60.4 yards. He ranked second in the nation that year, making 2.09 field goals per game.


Despite setting a school record for kickers with 111 points and ranking seventh nationally with an average of 1.57 field goals per game, Serna only received second-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors. He was successful on 22-of-29 field goals (75.9%) and all 45 PATs. He also had 36 of his 82 kickoffs result in touchbacks, as his average distance per kick was 59.4 yards.


Serna was named All-Pac-10 second-team as a senior, but he had a subpar year. He was forced to handle punting duties, resulting in a tired leg the second half of the year. He made just 66.7% of his field goals (18-of-27) and all 38 PATs for 92 points, but had one kick blocked. After having 36 touchbacks in 2006, only two of his 68 kickoffs in 2007 weren't returned. He punted 81 times for 2,866 yards (35.4-yard average), but had two attempts blocked, as OSU ranked 111th in the nation with a 31.72-yard net average.


The four-year starter finished his career with 384 points on 80-of-104 field goals (76.92%) and 145-of-148 extra point attempts (97.97%). He was successful on 25-of-40 field goals of 40 yards or longer. He kicked off 269 times for an average distance of 60.0 yards and 52 kicks were ruled touchbacks; 16 went out of bounds. The opposition returned 203 kicks for a 20.5-yard average and one touchdown. He punted 81 times for 2,866 yards (35.4-yard average) with two attempts blocked. He also recorded five tackles (four solo).


High School

Attended A.B. Miller (Fontana, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach John Tyree...Lettered twice in football...Named the team's Athlete of the Year as a senior...Booted a school-record 49-yard field goal during his prep career and had a career total of eight...Also handled punting duties with a career-long of 67 yards...Lettered three years in soccer and track...Participated on two relay teams, as well as the 200 meters and the long jump.


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Analysis

Analysis

Positives: Does not have an overpowering leg, but has good accuracy to compensate...Has a very good work ethic, putting in hours of work to hone his craft...Has come through with clutch field goals in the past, but lacked overall consistency in 2007...Gets the ball up quickly, but must improve the height on his kicks...Drives the ball deep (but it goes flat) on kickoffs and is very effective at connecting from 40 yards out...Average speed on getting off field goals in an acceptable 1.31 seconds...Better with distance and quickness on his kicks, but height could improve...Has kicked in the rain often (does struggle kicking into the wind, though)...Will make adjustments when he gets into a poor rhythm and will eventually correct himself...Has a quick rise on his kicks, getting them off the ground with good timing...Can kick from either hash effectively...Very accurate on PATs, exploding into the ball with good pop...Showed in 2006 that he could get his kickoffs into the end zone regularly (extra duties caused this area to suffer in 2007)...Is very accurate on field goals inside the 40-yard line, but has enough confidence in his accuracy to attempt long-range kicks...Not NFL material in this area, but can handle punting duties in an emergency.


Negatives: Lacks muscle definition and has an undersized frame...Is the type of kicker who is more accurate than powerful with his kicking leg...Has seen his consistency and leg strength diminish and some scouts don't believe he has the leg to kick at the next level...Perhaps due to overload by taking on punting duties in 2007, his kickoff mechanics and leg drive were inconsistent and he might not be able to handle either of those chores at the next level (ranked 111th in the nation in net punting and after producing 36 touchbacks on 82 kickoffs in 2006, he had just two on 68 attempts in 2007)...Does not take well to hard coaching and will let a missed kick rattle him...Once he misses, he gets into a rut and continues to misfire...Liked by the staff and players, but does have a kicker's mentality (best when working out on his own at his pace)...Does not have the size, strength or quickness to bring any value to the special teams covering kicks...Gets the ball up quickly, but needs to improve his height on his field goals, as they come off low off his foot, resulting in five blocks to date...More of a line-drive kicker, especially on kickoffs, and too often opponents were gifted good field position on returns (203-of-269 kickoffs have been returned)...Has very poor hang-time on his kickoffs (averaged 3.6-3.71 seconds the last two years; 4.5 seconds is more acceptable)...Does not have the athletic skills to possible handle fake field-goal tries...Very poor tackler whose only hope is to push the return to the sideline... Has had issues kicking into the wind, but those same issues don't arise when performing in rainy conditions....Can be rattled when under pressure.


Compares To: MARTIN GRAMATICA-New Orleans...Like Gramatica, after getting national attention a few years ago, Serna's consistency and leg strength diminished to the point that he became a liability in the kicking game by his senior season. He is an accurate kicker, but does not seem to have the leg strength to kick off at the next level. Perhaps it was an overload of kicking duties that led to his subpar final campaign. Even so, he lacks ideal leg strength, has poor hang-time on kicks and can have field goals blocked. For the most complete kicker in this draft, look at Wisconsin's Taylor Mehlhaff.


Injury Report

1999: Suffered a fractured right collarbone as a freshman in high school.


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Q & A

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL player and why?
Gary Anderson. I saw a story on him and he is an amazing person off the field.
In college, what player hit you the hardest? Who was the recipient of your best hit?
Never really got hit hard. I hit a USC kickoff returner this past season.
In college, what player hit you the hardest? Who was the recipient of your best hit?
Never really got hit hard; I hit a USC kickoff returner this past season.
What TV-show marathon will keep you on the couch all day?
Family Guy
What are the five most-played songs in your iPod? What's the one song you hope nobody ever finds out is in your iPod?
E-40 - Go hard or go home, Tell Me When to go; Timbaland – ‘Oh Timbaland, Bombay; and Jack Johnson - Cookie Jar. I wouldn't want anyone to find Coldplay.
What are the five most-played songs in your iPod? What's the one song you hope nobody ever finds out is in your iPod?
E-40 - Go hard or go home, Tell Me When to go; Timbaland – ‘Oh Timbaland, Bombay; and Jack Johnson - Cookie Jar.
What celebrity would play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Jay Hernandez because he has played a football role already.
What is one thing your teammates don't know about you?
I am a history major, but want to be a math teacher.
What reality TV show would you like to be on and why?
Road Rules so I could test my athleticism and fears.
What's your proudest moment in football? Proudest moment off the field?
Winning the Lou Groza Award. Meeting my girlfriend.
What's your proudest moment in football? Proudest moment off the field?
Winning the Lou Groza Award; Meeting my girlfriend.
When you play Madden, what team do you use? Do you put yourself on the team?
I play with the Cowboys and do not create myself.
Who has been the biggest influence on your football career and how?
Hugo Castellanos because he gave me my foundation for kicking.
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