Sep 5, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane senior placekicker Cairo Santos is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes selected today as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate football.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
A native of Brasilia, Brazil, Santos is a 2013 preseason first team All-America selection by several publications and currently owns the nation's longest streak for made field goals with 23. He is also a candidate for the Lou Groza Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top placekicker, and was named the Conference USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year.
A year ago, he connected on all 21 field goal attempts to set an FBS record and was named a 2012 consensus first team All-American and was awarded the Lou Groza Award. Through one game this season, he has made both field goal attempts.
Off the field, he maintains a 3.002 grade point average in business management and will graduate in May 2014. Santos is a three time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the Tulane 3.0 Club, and has logged four semesters as a member of the 3.0 GPA Club.
Santos came to the United States as a foreign exchange student as a high school sophomore and decided to stay and graduate from an American high school and attend an American college. He spent this past summer traveling the East Coast and working kicking camps for kids.
In the community, he helped build houses in under-served areas of New Orleans during post-Katrina, annually participates in Tulane's Shadow-A-Student-Athlete Day and also was a part of the Lou Groza Award Children's Hospital Visit in West Palm Beach, Fla. (2012).
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com
Lamin Barrow, LSU Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Chris Borland, Wisconsin Jake Matthews, Texas A&M Derek Carr, Fresno State AJ McCarron, Alabama Steven Clark, Auburn Jack Mewhort, Ohio State Ross Cockrell, Duke Alex Page, South Alabama Vincenzo D'Amato, California Cairo Santos, Tulane Alden Darby, Arizona State Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois Jake Fischer, Arizona Eric Soza, Texas-San Antonio Andrew Furney, Washington St. Carey Spear, Vanderbilt Dave Harding, Duke Will Sutton, Arizona State Greg Heban, Indiana Travis Swanson, Arkansas Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma John Urschel, Penn State Will Jackson, Georgia Tech Kyle Van Noy, BYU Jacob Karam, Memphis Avery Williamson, Kentucky Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State