Jan. 3, 2013
New Orleans - Four Tulane Green Wave football players have received All-Louisiana postseason honors for their performances on the gridiron during the 2012 campaign, including junior kicker Cairo Santos and receiver Ryan Grant, senior defensive end Austen Jacks and graduate deep snapper Billy Johnson, as selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA).
Santos was named to the first team, while Grant and Jacks received second team honors and Johnson was an honorable mention performer.
A 2012 consensus first team All-America selection and Lou Groza Award winner, Santos is a first time performer on the All-Louisiana squad. This past season, he completed one of the finest seasons by a kicker in NCAA history, finishing a perfect 21-of-21 on field goal attempts, and joined 1996 Groza 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.
Santos, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but prepped as an exchange student at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Augustine, Fla., also connected 27-of-28 PAT attempts, led the nation with 12, 40+ yard field goals, including a pair of 50-yarders, and set the school record with a 57-yarder vs. Rice, which tied for the fourth longest in the nation this season. He led Conference USA in field goal percentage (1.000), field goals per game (1.75) and ranked eighth nationally in field goals per game while sitting fifth in kicking points scored (89) per game (7.4), tied for fifth in PAT percentage (.963) and was seventh in overall points per game (7.4).
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant is also a first time selection to the All-Louisiana team. A first team All C-USA performer, Grant started all 12 games and completed the third-best season in school history with 1,149 yards and six touchdowns on 76 receptions, the fifth most catches in one season. Grant tied Green Wave All-American Marc Zeno's 1987 record for the most 100-yard receiving games with seven.
Another first time selection to the all-state squad, Jacks started all 12 games, led the team in tackles for loss (10.0) and sacks (5.0) while sitting tied for seventh with 45 tackles (22 solo, 23 assists). The Winter Park, Fla., native ranked tied for 13th among C- USA players in tackles for loss per game (0.83) and was 16th in sacks per outing (0.42). He recorded a season-best eight tackles with a sack vs. Rice and against Houston and racked up six tackles and a career-high 2.0 sacks vs. SMU. Jacks completed his career ranked 10th all-time in sacks with 12.0.
Johnson rounds out Tulane's 2012 selections and is also a first time performer on the LSWA team. A native of Braselton, Ga., he was named to the All C-USA first team as a deep snapper and played an instrumental role on Tulane's special teams success in his first and only season with the Green Wave. A transfer from the University of Georgia, he played in all 12 games in 2012, handling snapping duties for all 71 punts, and was the deep snapper for Santos' 21 field goals and 28 PAT tries.
2012 LSWA ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL/Arinze Agada/McNeese/Jr./Houston, Texas/All-SLC 1st Team, 11 starts
OL/Josh Dworaczyk/LSU/Sr./New Iberia, La./All-SEC HM, Sixth-year senior
OL/Andre Huval/Louisiana-Lafayette/Jr./Scott, La./All-SBC 2nd Team, 25 straight starts center
OL/Oscar Johnson/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Crystal Springs, Miss./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
OL/Stephen Warner/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Ruston, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 8th nation sacks allowed
TE/Nick Scelfo/Nicholls State/So./Baton Rouge, La./All-SLC 2nd Team, 22 recept., 300 yds, 2 TDs
WR/Brent Leonard/ULM/Sr./Keller, Texas/All-SBC, 1st Team, 97 recept., 1,042 yds, 10 TDs
WR/Quinton Patton/Louisiana Tech/Sr./LaVergne, Tenn./All-WAC, 1st Team, 104 recept., 1,392 yds, 13 TD
RB/Kenneth Dixon/Louisiana Tech/Fr./Strong, Ark./WAC FOY, CBS Frosh A-A, 200 rushes, 1,194 yds, 27 TD
RB/Ryan Montague/Louisiana College/So./New Orleans, La./AASWC 1st Team, 224 rushes, 1,110 yds, 13 TD
QB/Colby Cameron/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Newbury Park, Calif./WAC POY, 359-of-522, 4,147 yds, 31 TD
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL/IK Enemkpali/Louisiana Tech/Jr./Pflugerville, Texas/All-WAC 1st Team, 32 TT, 6.0 Sacks
DL/Barkevious Mingo/LSU/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-SEC 2nd Team, 33 TT, 4.0 Sacks
DL/Sam Montgomery/LSU/Jr./Greenwood, S.C./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 32 TT, 7.0 Sacks
DL/Emeka Onyenekwau/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SBC 1st Team, 37 TT, 6.5 Sacks
LB/Lamin Barrow/LSU/Jr./Marrero, La./92 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 FR
LB/Kevin Minter/LSU/Jr./Suwanee, Ga./2nd Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 111 TT, 3.0 Sacks
LB/Derek Rose/Northwestern State/Sr./New Orleans, La./All-SLC 1st Team, 103 TT, 1 FR, 3 PBU
DB/Robert Alford/Southeastern La./Sr./Hammond, La./2nd Team A-A, All-SLC 1st Team 39 TT, 4 Int.
DB/Craig Loston/LSU/Jr./Aldine, Texas/All-SEC 2nd Team, 48 TT, 3 Int, 1 TD
DB/Jemarlous Moten/Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Leland, Miss./All-SBC 1st Team, 59 TT, 3 Int, 2 FF
DB/Eric Reid/LSU/Jr./Geismar, La./1st Team A-A, All-SEC 1st Team, 81 TT, 2 Int.
FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS
K/Cairo Santos/Tulane/Jr./St. Augustine, Fla./Lou Groza Winner, 21-21 FG, 12 from 40 +
P/Ryan Allen/Louisiana Tech/Sr./Salem, Ore./2011, 2012 Ray Guy Winner, 48.0 aver., 20 of 45 inside 20
RS/D.J. Banks/Louisiana Tech/Jr./West Monroe, La./All-WAC 1st Team, 39 KO, 1,044 yds, 1 TD; 20 P, 120 yds
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Colby Cameron, QB, Louisiana Tech
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette
COACH OF THE YEAR - Todd Berry, ULM
Second Team Offense
OL - Leonardo Bates, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., New Orleans, La.; La'el Collins, LSU, So., Baton Rouge, La.; P. J. Lonergan, LSU, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Darin Moore, Louisiana College, Sr., Ponchatoula, La. ; Jeremy Vujnovich, Louisiana College, Sr., Belle Chasse, La.
TE - Jeremy Meyers, Southeastern Louisiana, So., Baton Rouge, La.
WR - Ryan Grant, Tulane, Jr., Beaumont, Texas; D'Mario Parker, Louisiana College;
RB - Jeremy Hill, LSU, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.; Marcus Wiltz, McNeese, Jr., Cecilia, La.
QB - Kolton Browning, ULM, Jr., Mabank, Texas
Second Team Defense
DL - Everett Ellersen, McNeese, So., Madisonville, La. ; Peter "Phil" Ford, Louisiana College, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Austen Jacks, Tulane, Sr., Winter Park, Fla.; Bennie Logan, LSU, Jr., Coushatta, La.
LB - Justin Anderson, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jr., Foley, Ala.; Jordan Piper, Nicholls, Sr., New Orleans, La.; Devan Walker, Southeastern, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
DB - Terence Cahee, McNeese, Jr., Westlake, La.; Isaiah Newsome, ULM, Jr., Petal, Miss.; Tharold Simon, LSU, Jr., Eunice La.; Jamaal White, Northwestern State, Sr., Garland, Texas.
Second Team Specialists
K - Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette - Sr., Brandon, Miss.
P -- Brad Wing, LSU, So., Melbourne, Australia
RS - Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU, Jr., So., New Orleans, La.
Offense - OL -- Josh Allen, ULM, Jr; Billy Johnson, Tulane, Gr.
Defense - DL - Christian Ringo, Louisiana-Lafayette, So. LB - Joe Narcisse, McNeese, Sr.