Oct. 21, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - In the midst of helping the Tulane University football team get off to one of its best season in more than decade, senior placekicker Cairo Santos claimed first-team Mid-Season All-America status from Phil Steele Publications.
The 2012 winner of the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and a consensus All-American a year ago, Santos earned the midseason honor after leading the team with 59 points through seven games, connecting on 12-of-16 field goals and all 23 PAT attempts. The native of Brasilia, Brazil's efforts have been a big reason the Green Wave are 5-2 to date and sport a 3-0 mark in Conference USA play with five games left in the regular season.
"This is a tremendous honor for Cairo and one that I think he definitely deserves," second-year Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "I've long felt that Cairo is one of if not the best kicker in the country and it is a good feeling to have someone as consistent as him on your team because you know he's going to come through in the biggest situations for you."
Two of Santos' field goals have been game winners as the fourth-year senior nailed a 27-yard field goal on the final play of regulation to lift Tulane to a 24-21 win over North Texas on Oct. 5 before booming a 42-yard kick in triple overtime to close out a 36-33 win over East Carolina on Oct. 12.
His game-winning boot against the Pirates was part of a record-setting day for Santos as he tied a school record with five field goals while nailing all three PATS to post a career-best 18 points. For his efforts in the win over East Carolina, Santos was named C-USA and Louisiana Special Teams Player of the Week, Lou Groza Star of the Week and College Football Performance Award National Placekicker of the Week.
He previously scored 10 points after nailing field goals of 22 and 34 yards and all four PAT against Jackson State on Aug. 29 and scored seven points twice: drilling a 47-yard field goal and with four PATs vs South Alabama on Sept. 7 and connecting on a season-long 56-yarder and four PATs at ULM on Sept. 28.
For his career, Santos has now scored 285 points after hitting 57-of-71field goals (.803) and converting 114-of-117 PATS (.974) while punting 15 times for 615 yards (41.0 avg.) and kicking off 166 times for 10,033 yards (62.2). He sits atop the Tulane career record book in field goal percentage (.803), second in field goals made, third in total points scored and points scored kicking, field goal attempts, PATs made and PAT attempts, and tied for fourth in PAT percentage.
Santos and the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26, when they play host to Conference USA foe Tulsa at 2:30 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. For tickets to that game, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.