Jan. 15, 2013
New Orleans - The 2012 college football season has been officially over for a week, but that hasn't stopped another national award from rolling in for Tulane junior kicker Cairo Santos, who has received the 2012 CFPA Placekicker Trophy, as it was announced today by College Football Performance Awards.
Santos will receive the award on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Tulane men's basketball game vs. Rice at 1 p.m. at Devlin Fieldhouse. He is the first junior to win the award and joins previous CFPA Placekicker Trophy recipients: Randy Bullock (Texas A&M), Alex Henery (Nebraska), and Blair Walsh (Georgia). Since its inception in 2008, the first specialist selected in the NFL Draft each year has been a CFPA recipient.
"This is a tremendous award and I feel very fortunate to receive it because there were many outstanding kickers in college football this past season," Santos said. "I would like to thank the College Football Performance Awards for their selection. I enjoy following them each week during the college football season. They do a great job."
A 2012 consensus first team All-America selection and Lou Groza Award winner, Santos turned in one of the top 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. However, Santos connected on 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 and set the school record for field goal percentage (1.000), and led the league in 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).