Again expected to be among the top kickers nationally after another outstanding season ... possesses a strong and accurate leg ... during three-year UAB career, he has made
44-of-57 field goals while hitting 72-of-73 extra points ... his 77.2 percent accuracy mark for his career FGs is No. 1 all-time at UAB ... he is 41-of-49 from inside 50 yards during his career ... ranks No. 7 all-time in Conference USA in field goals made ... ranks No. 5 all-time in C-USA in field goal accuracy ... also is No. 7 in league history in points scored by kicking (204) ... tabbed a preseason first-team All-Conference USA performer for 2004 in summer vote of league's head coaches.
2003: A preseason Groza Award candidate, Hayes did not disappoint in 2003 as he put together a second straight outstanding season ... connected on 17-0f-20 field goals last season to improve his career mark to 44-of-57 ... named to second-team All-Conference USA team following junior season ... ranked third in C-USA in made field goals while hitting 85 percent of his kicks ... was named C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Week following his late November performance against South Florida as he converted 3-of-4 field goals, including the game-winner -- a 42 yarder with :09 remaining on the clock ... connected on 6-of-7 from 40 yards or more last season and tied for longest field goal (50 yards vs. Army) in Conference USA. ... converted 26-of-27 extra points during season.
2002: Emerged as one of the top kickers in the country ... was named as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award ... finished the season with 17 field goals in 22 attempts and a long kick of 48 yards vs. Troy State and Houston ... scored 80 points on the season, third-highest in UAB history ... his 77.3 cent accuracy mark ranked No. 2 in Conference USA for kickers with 15 or more field goals ... hit first 14 FG attempts of the season ... connected on eight field goals of 40 yards or more ... made 8-of-11 field goals from beyond 40 yards ... one of 20 NCAA Division I-A kickers attempting 15 or more extra points who was perfect (Hayes was 29-of-29) ... hit season-high three field goals in games vs. Houston, East Carolina and Cincinnati.
2001: Took over the starting kicking duties against Cincinnati in the sixth game of the year ... converted 10-of-15 field goals overall as redshirt freshman ... was 10-of-11 inside 50 yards ... made his only attempt in that game from 44 yards out ... kicked the longest field goal in a I-A game for the Blazers with his 50-yarder against TCU ... made both attempts against Tulane, hitting field goals of 46 and 47 yards ... hit a key 48-yard field goal against Memphis that gave the Blazers a 17-7 lead in the 17-14 win ... made 3-of-4 attempts against Houston.
2000: Sat out the season as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Shades Valley High School ... named to The Birmingham News Super all-state and Class 6A teams ... honorable mention All-USA Team, Birmingham Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of The Year as a senior ... holds AHSAA record for most consecutive PATs (90) ... had 89 points as a senior, connecting on 14-of-20 field goals and all 47 extra point attempts ... hit a career-best 52-yard field goal against Clay-Chalkville in 1998 ... Alabama Sports Writers Association all-state ... Birmingham Post-Herald All-Metro, "Best of the Rest" selection by the Birmingham Post-Herald ... made 27 of 35 field goal attempts in his last two seasons ... also made 88 of 88 PATs during those seasons ... coached by Dave Stapleton ... a two-year letterwinner in soccer.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 18, 1982 in Birmingham, Ala. ... son of Robert and Marie Hayes ... a criminal justice major.