Tulane's Cairo Santos Named a Candidate for Prestigious Senior CLASS Award

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Senior Cairo Santos has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
Senior Cairo Santos has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

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.



Of the 30 candidates, 12 have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Seven are all-Americans and 12 were all-conference selections in 2012. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

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

Football Candidates

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