Kicker Cairo Santos (pictured) and defensive tackle Chris Davenport will each represent Tulane at the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.
Jan. 17, 2014
New Orleans - Tulane seniors Cairo Santos and Chris Davenport will each play in their final college game this Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. The game will kick-off at 5 p.m. CST and will be broadcast live on both ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
The two competing squads will be divided into the American and National teams. Head Coach Dick Vermeil will return to defend the National Team's title from 2012 and 2013. Denny Green will make his first appearance as a NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Head Coach as he takes the reigns of the American Team.
Santos, who hails from Brasilia, Brazil and prepped at St. Augustine's (Fla.) St. Joseph's Academy, was a first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana selection during his final season and was also a semifinalist for the 2013 Lou Groza Award and a candidate for the Wuerffel Award. He was twice named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week (11/25; 10/14) and was named the Lou Groza Star of the Week and College Football Performance Award National Placekicker of the Week on Oct. 14.
This season, he knocked down 16-of-23 field goal attempts and all 38 of his PAT attempts for a team-best 86 points. He notched two game-winners (North Texas, East Carolina) and tied for the longest field goal in the nation this season with a 56-yarder at ULM. Santos also tied the school single game record with five field goals against the Pirates.
Santos owns the second longest streak for made field goals in NCAA history with 26. He also handled kickoff duties and has sent 47 of 62 attempts into the back of the end zone and only allowed 13 returns this season.
In his lone season in a Tulane uniform, Davenport was an instant impact player who proved to be a force on the Green Wave's defensive line. The Mansfield native transferred to Tulane from LSU prior to the 2013 campaign and started all 12 games he played in. He logged 20 tackles, including 4.5 stops for lost yardage and 1.5 sacks despite being constantly double-teamed on each play. His efforts helped him earn honorable mention All C-USA honors.
Davenport's best day was at Rice in the regular season finale when he posted four tackles and a half tackle for loss. He notched two pass break-ups on the year, including one against North Texas that led to a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown by teammate Lorenzo Doss.
For more information, visit the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl website here: http://collegiate.nflpa.com/.