Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#14 Alex Zendejas
Position: Placekicker
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Glendale, Ariz.
High School: Ironwood HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Arizona: 3L... Cats' leading scorer past two seasons with 172 points... Groza Award watch list in 2010... Career 75 percent on field goals, among top 10 in UA history... No. 10 on UA career scoring chart in two years of kicking... Hit 14 of 19 FG tries (.734) in 2010 including three against UCLA to earn College Football Performance Awards national PK of the week nod... Matched career-best with 47-yarder against Iowa... Suffered five blocks, one FG and four PAT... Zendejas stepped up and knocked home 17 of 22 field goal tries (.773) in 2009, plus added 38 PAT kicks (41 attempts) for 89 points, the team's scoring leader... Had huge kick with a 32-yarder as time expired to beat Arizona State, 20-17, on its home field, winning Pac-10 special teams player of the week and coaches' co-special team POW honors... Had four field goals in five tries in the season opener against Central Michigan (to win UA special teams player of the week honor) and four in four tries at Washington to tie school records for most made and attempted in a game... Among those he tied were his uncle, Max Zendejas, a former All-American at Arizona (1982-85)... Career-long boot of 47 yards against Oregon... 89 points were sixth-most by a kicker in school history... Was kickoff specialist for first five games... In somewhat of an anomaly, he did not play in bowl game as UA did not score or attempt a FG... Took over after getting his feet wet as a backup, appearing in four 2008 games... Busiest in opener vs. Idaho, with 51-yard punt, a kickoff and 3-for-3 on PAT tries... Also kicked PATs against the Washington schools, and had two kickoffs each against WSU and Oregon... His average landing spot on five kickoff plays - 2 yard-line...

Career: 29 games played, 31-41 FG, 79-87 PAT, 172 points

High School: Ironwood High School, Glendale, Ariz., 2007... PrepStar All-West... SuperPrep All Farwest... Arizona Republic first-team all-state...59-yard field goal against South Mountain High in 2006, and also a 53-yarder, among his eight-for-13 effort... Also punted 24 times for 36.0 yards per kick, plus hit 42 of 50 kickoffs for touchbacks... 2005 all-state honors... Top 12 `notable' citation at Chris Sailer National Kicking Competition, with a 4.5-star rating from the people who know...

Personal: Academic major is economics... Wildcat football history from A to Z always ends with mention of Alex Zendejas' uncle, famed place kicker Max Zendejas... Max was 1985 All-American and is UA school career scoring leader who later had a stint with the Packers... Alex spent a lot of time working with Max after his senior season... Comes from a large family of noted kickers and soccer players: uncles Luis and Alan both kicked at Arizona State, with Luis going on to Dallas and Philadelphia in the NFL... Uncle Tony kicked at Nevada-Reno and with the Oilers and Rams... Father, Alex, kicked at Scottsdale Community College...

FG	All	1-19	21-29	30-39	40-49	50+	Blk
'09	17-22 	1-1	7-9	7-9	2-3	0-0	1
'10	14-19 	1-1	4-4	2-5	7-9	0-0	1
Tot  	31-41	2-2	11-13	9-14	9-12	0-0	2
PAT: 38-41 (3 blocked) '09; 41-46 (4 blocked)  '10.