Nov. 6, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -Tulane senior kicker Cairo Santos is one of 10 NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, to be selected as a finalist today 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. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September.
Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 16. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January. For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Santos, who hails from Brasilia, Brazil and prepped at St. Augustine's (Fla.) St. Joseph's Academy, is also a semifinalist for the 2013 Lou Groza Award, a candidate for the Weurffel Award and was selected by Phil Steele Publications as a Mid-Season First Team All-American. Santos was named a preseason first team All-America selection by several publications and was selected as the Conference USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year by C-USA coaches.
This season, he has knocked down 13-of-17 field goal attempts and all 27 of his PAT attempts for 66 points. He has two game-winners (North Texas, East Carolina) and is tied for the longest field goal in the nation this season with a 56-yarder at ULM. Of his four misses, one was blocked (Syracuse), he missed a pair of 50+ yarders (56 vs. North Texas/55 vs. East Carolina) and a 46-yard attempt at ULM.
One year ago, Santos was a consensus first team All-America selection and winner of the Lou Groza Award when he set an NCAA single-season record by finishing a perfect 21-of-21 on field goal attempts, including a school-record 57-yarder.
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.
2013 Football Senior CLASS Finalists
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Alden Darby, Arizona State
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Cairo Santos, Tulane
John Urschel, Penn State
Kyle Van Noy, BYU