The Green Wave lost 33-17 to the Memphis Tigers on October 22nd, 2011 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
-Lou Groza Award Finalist
-All-Conference USA First Team
-Lou Groza "Star of the Week" (Nov. 12)
-Conference USA Special Team Player of the Week (Nov.5)
-Louisiana Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 5)
-College Football Performance Award National Kicker of the Week (Nov. 5)
-Tulane Performer of the Week (Nov. 5, Nov. 19)
Career Notes: Has played in 37 games and scored 227 points after connecting on 45-of-55 field goals (.820) and converting 91-of-94 PATs (.970) while kicking off 128 times for 7,892 yards (61.6 avg.) and punting 15 times for 615 yards (41.0 avg.)...he ranks fourth place in the Tulane career record book in points scored kicking, field goals made and PATs made, and into sixth in total points scored...his PAT percentage ranks third in Tulane career history and he remains the all-time leader in field goal percentage, fifth in PAT attempts, seventh in field goal attempts...owns five of the 20 longest field goals in school history (57, 54, 49 three times).
2012:A Lou Groza Award Finalist and All-Conference USA First Team selection...played in all 12 games and led the team with 89 points on the strength of 21 field goals and 26 PATs... led Conference USA in field goal percentage (1.000) and field goals per game (1.75) and sitting fifth in points scored kicking per game (7.42), sixth in PAT percentage (.963) and seventh in overall points per game (7.42)...also sits tied for eighth among NCAA Division I players in field goals per game...completed one of the finest seasons by a kicker in NCAA history with a perfect 21-for-21 kicking field goals, including a 12-of-12 showing from 40-plus yards and a 2-of-2 performance from 50-plus...joined 1996 Lou Groza Award winner Marc Primanti as the only kickers in FBS history to stay perfect throughout a season in which they attempted 20 or more, but Santos finished with one more make than Primanti, who finished 20-of-20 in 1996...in addition, he kicked off 55 times for 3,525 yards (64.0 avg.) with 31 touchbacks to hold opponents to an average starting field position of their own 24-yard line...kicked the longest field goal in school history with a 57-yarder against Rice on Nov. 3...in the game against the Owls, he was true on field goal attempts of 57 and 42 yards, split the uprights on all five of his PATs and kicked off seven times for 454 yards (64.9 avg.) with six touchbacks...his 57-yard field goal broke the former Tulane record of 54 originally established by Mark Olivari vs. Air Force on Nov. 8, 1975 and later tied by Ed Murray vs. Memphis on Oct. 28, 1978, and Santos himself this year against ULM on Sept. 29...the boot is tied for the third longest in the country this season, and he is the only player in the nation to have two field goals of 54 yards or longer...made a career-high three field goals at Memphis (45, 43, 30) and East Carolina (23, 43, 26)...scored a career-high 13 points after hitting field goals of 21 and 32 yards while connecting on all seven PATs against UAB on Oct. 27...in addition to the UAB and Rice games, Santos has four other two field-goal outings: 40- and 32-yarders vs. Rutgers on Sept. 1, 40- and 47-yarders with a PAT at Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 6, 46- and 35-yarders with three PATs vs. SMU on Oct. 13 and 46- and 37-yarders with two PATs at UTEP On Oct. 20...also added a 49-yard field goal and converted a PAT at Tulsa on Sept. 8...the lone blemish on Santos résumé to date was a blocked PAT in the season-opener against the Scarlett Knights.
2011: Saw action in all 13 games as a sophomore...led the team in field goals (11), field goal attempts (18), PATs (33) and PAT attempts (34) while ranking second on the team in points scored (66), punts (15), punting yardage (615), kickoffs (16) and kickoff yardage (62.6)...ranked ninth in Conference USA in field goals per game (0.85) while sitting 10th in kicking points and 19th in points per game overall (5.1)...finished tied for 71st nationally in field goals per game...scored a season-high 10 points after connecting on 2-of-3 field goals - including a career-long 49-yarder - and all four PATs vs Syracuse (10/8)...also hit a 49-yard field goal at Duke (9/24)...was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals of 20-29 yards and went 2-of-3 from 30-39 yards...nailed five field goals of 40-or-more yards...made punting debut at SMU (11/5) when he drilled two for 77 yards...posted career-highs with six punts and 262 yards, including a career-long of 54 yards, at Hawai'i (11/26)...kicked off a season-high eight times for 517 yards vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3)...off the field, was a member of the C-USA Commisioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
2010: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman...earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team and honorable-mention All C-USA recognition after leading the team in points scored (71), field goal attempts (16), field goals made (13), PATs (32), PATs attempted (33), kickoffs (57) and kickoff yardage (3366)...finished sixth in C-USA in field goals made per game (1.08) and seventh in kicking points per contest (5.9)...ranked tied for 58th nationally in field goals per game...scored a career-high 12 points after converting a pair of field goals and all six PATs vs Rice (11/13)...also posted double digits (10 points) at UTEP (10/23) after hitting 2-of-3 field goals and all four PATs...finished 8-of-9 on field goals of 20-to-29 yards and a perfect 4-of-4 from the 30-to-39 range...nailed a season-long 39-yarder to go with a pair of PATS at Rutgers (10/2)...kicked off seven-or-more times on three occasions, including a nine-boot, 574-yard effort vs Rice...off the field, was a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane's 3.0 Club.
High School: Three-year letterman at St. Joseph's Academy where he saw time at wide receiver, kicker and punter for head coach Bob Esguerra...named a two-star prospect by ESPN.com and Scout.com...earned a Scout Grade of 72 and ranked the No. 57 kicker in the country by ESPN.com...over his final two prep seasons, combined to score 156 points after connecting on 19-of-23 field goals and 99-of-100 PATs...as a senior, named conference and district Kicker of the year as well as first-team all-conference and all-district honors after hitting 8-of-10 field goals and all 67 PATs...also punted 29 times for 968 yards (44.0 y/p) and hauled in two passes for 44 yards and a score...set school record with a 51-yard boot against Monroe Day and broke his own mark later in the game with a 55-yarder...had 67 of his 72 kickoffs go for touchbacks...named all-county after both his sophomore and junior seasons...as a junior, hit 11-fo-13 field goals and 32-of-33 PATs, sending 20 of his 33 kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks and punting 37 times for 1,473 yards (39.81 y/p)...won the 2009 National Expo Competition in Orlando, hosted by One-on-One Kicking...also lettered three years in soccer where he scored 57 career goals and had 49 career assists...away from the field, was a member of the Principal's Excellence Academic Honor Roll, Behavior Honor Roll and the Spanish Club.
Personal: Born Cairo Fernandes Santos on Nov. 12, 1991, in Sao Paulo, Brazil...son of Cairo and Magalie Santos...lived with David and Kathy Burnett as part of a high school exchange...has one sister, Talita...majoring in management.