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Tulane Trio of Grant, Santos, Johnson Named to All-Conference USA First Team

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Tulane's Ryan Grant, Cairo Santos and Billy Johnson have each been named to the 2012 Conference USA First Team.
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Tulane's Ryan Grant, Cairo Santos and Billy Johnson have each been named to the 2012 Conference USA First Team.
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Dec. 4, 2012

New Orleans - The Tulane football trio of juniors Ryan Grant and Cairo Santos and senior Billy Johnson headline the Green Wave's selections to the 2012 All-Conference USA First Team, while a total of nine TU players received all-conference accolades, as selected by the league's 12 head football coaches.

Tulane's three first team selections are the most for the Wave since 2001 and a total of six players received honorable mention All C-USA honors, including senior quarterback Ryan Griffin, senior offensive tackle Eric Jones, senior defensive end Austen Jacks, junior defensive tackle Julius Warmsley and the freshmen cornerback duo of Lorenzo Doss and Jordan Batiste.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Grant is a first time selection to the all-conference team and is the first Tulane receiver to receive all-league first team accolades since Roydell Williams in 2004. Grant started all 12 games and completed the third-best season in school history with 1,149 yards and six touchdowns on 76 receptions, the fifth most catches in one season. Grant tied Green Wave All-American Marc Zeno's 1987 record for the most 100-yard receiving games with seven.

Grant was C-USA's leader in receiving yards per game (95.75) and total receiving yards while sitting third in receptions per game (6.33) and 11th in all-purpose yards per game (95.75). He concluded the year ranked 18th among NCAA players in receiving yards per game and tied for 27th in catches per contest. Grant will enter his senior season with at least one catch in the last 20 games he has played in.

 

 

Santos, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but prepped as an exchange student at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Augustine, Fla., completed one of the finest seasons by a kicker in NCAA history, finishing a perfect 21-of-21 on field goal attempts. Santos is a first time member of the All C-USA first team and is the first Tulane kicker to garner all-league first team honors since Seth Marler in 2001.

A 2012 Lou Groza Award finalist, Santos joined 1996 Groza winner Marc Primanti as the only kickers in FBS history to stay perfect throughout a season in which they attempted 20 or more, but Santos finished with one more make than Primanti, who finished 20-of-20 in 1996.

Santos, who also connected 27-of-28 PAT attempts, led the nation with 12, 40+ yard field goals, including a pair of 50-yarders, and set the school record with a 57-yarder vs. Rice, which tied for the fourth longest in the nation this season. He led C-USA in field goal percentage (1.000), field goals per game (1.75) and ranked eighth nationally in field goals per game while sitting fifth in kicking points scored (89) per game (7.4), tied for fifth in PAT percentage (.963) and was seventh in overall points per game (7.4).

A native of Braselton, Ga., Johnson played an instrumental role on Tulane's special teams success in his first and only season with the Green Wave. A transfer from the University of Georgia, he played in all 12 games in 2012, handling snapping duties for all 71 punts, and was the deep snapper for Santos' 21 field goals and 28 PAT tries. Johnson is the first Tulane deep snapper named to the all-conference first team since Craig Gelhardt in 2008.

A native of Westlake Village, Calif., Griffin completed his standout career ranked among the school's top-10 leaders in 12 difference categories. He threw for 9,036 yards and 56 touchdowns on 836-of-1,396 attempts (.600) and owns school records for completions, completion percentage and attempts and ranks second in passing yards and 300-yard games (10) and fourth in touchdown passes.

This season, he missed three and half games, but still passed for 2,771 yards and 20 touchdowns, which ranked seventh and 10th, respectively, among the schools single season leaders. Griffin's 308 passing yards per game this season is the second-best total in a single season, trailing only Patrick Ramsey's 310 per game in 1999.

Jones, who hails from Hoover, Ala., started all 12 games at right tackle and helped the team average 319.5 yards of total offense per game. He paved the way for a season-high 619 yards of total offense, including a season-best 153-yard showing on the ground, vs. UAB and provided protection for Griffin's school record 476 passing yards vs. Rice and 466 passing yards vs. UAB. Jones was the only player with a collegiate start on the offensive line to begin the season.

One of the Wave's most experienced defensive linemen, Jacks started all 12 games, led the team in tackles for loss (10.0) and sacks (5.0) while sitting tied for seventh with 45 tackles (22 solo, 23 assists). The Winter Park, Fla., native ranked tied for 13th among C- USA players in tackles for loss per game (0.83) and was 16th in sacks per outing (0.42). He recorded a season-best eight tackles with a sack vs. Rice and against Houston and racked up six tackles and a career-high 2.0 sacks vs. SMU. Jacks completed his career ranked 10th all-time in sacks with 12.0.

A native of Baton Rouge, Warmsley played in 11 games with nine starts and led the team in blocked kicks (2) while sitting tied for second in sacks (3.0) and forced fumbles (1), and tied for third in tackles for loss (6.0) while tallying 26 tackles. He came away with blocked field goals in consecutive games (UL-Lafayette/SMU) and his blocked field goal in the first half vs. SMU helped the Wave to a 27-26 win. Warmsley produced a season-best five tackles with a sack among 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Rice.

A native of New Orleans and product of St. Augustine High School, Doss played in all 12 games with nine starts as a true freshman and led the team with five interceptions, the most by a TU player since Sean Lucas' five picks in 2003. Doss tied for second among C-USA players and ranked 11th nationally in interceptions while sitting tied for second in fumble recoveries (1), sixth with 44 tackles and tied for sixth in pass break-ups (2). He was named the Louisiana co-Defensive Player of the Week after picking off a pair of passes and tallying a career-high six tackles vs. UAB. He also had six-tackle performances at UL-Lafayette, at UTEP and vs. Rice.

Batiste hails from Gramercy and prepped at Lutcher High School and was another rookie who made an immediate impact during his first season. As a true freshman, he played in all 12 games with 10 starts and led the Wave with eight pass break-ups. He notched one interception and tied for seventh with 41 tackles to go with 1.0 tackle for loss. Batiste tallied career highs with six tackles vs. SMU and recorded his first career interception vs. East Carolina. Batiste turned back a career-high four pass break-ups at Houston in the season finale.

2012 C-USA FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS
FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QB- Rakeem Cato, So., Marshall
RB- Zach Line, Sr., SMU
RB- Latavius Murray, Sr., UCF
RB- Darrin Reaves, So., UAB
OL- Jacolby Ashworth, Sr., Houston
OL- Brian DeShane, Sr., Tulsa
OL- Jared Grigg, Sr., Tulsa
OL- Chris Hubbard, Sr., UAB
OL- Jordan Rae, Sr., UCF
TE- Vance McDonald, Sr., Rice
WR- Ryan Grant, Jr., Tulane
WR- Justin Hardy, So., East Carolina
WR- Tommy Shuler, So., Marshall

DEFENSE
DL- Jamie Collins, Sr., Southern Miss
DL- Troy Davis, Sr., UCF
DL- Cory Dorris, Sr., Tulsa
DL- Margus Hunt, Sr., SMU
LB- DeAundre Brown, Sr., Tulsa
LB- Ja'Gared Davis, Sr., SMU
LB- Phillip Steward, Sr., Houston
DB- Phillip Gaines, Jr., Rice
DB- D.J. Hayden, Sr., Houston
DB- Kemal Ishmael, Sr., UCF
DB- Dexter McCoil, Sr., Tulsa

SPECIAL TEAMS
K- Cairo Santos, Jr., Tulane
P- Richie Leone, Jr., Houston
KR- Quincy McDuffie, Sr., UCF
PR- J.J. Worton, So., UCF
LS- Billy Johnson, Gr., Tulane

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB- Blake Bortles, So., UCF
RB- Vintavious Cooper, Jr., East Carolina
RB- Charles Sims, Jr., Houston
OL- Bryan Collins, Sr., SMU
OL- Jordan Devey, Sr., Memphis
OL- Trent Dupy, Sr., Tulsa
OL- Will Simmons, Jr., East Carolina
OL- Torrian Wilson, So., UCF
TE- Gator Hoskins, Jr., Marshall
WR- Aaron Dobson, Sr., Marshall
WR- Keyarris Garrett, So., Tulsa
WR- Darius Johnson, Sr., SMU

DEFENSE
DL- Michael Brooks, Sr., East Carolina
DL- Johnnie Farms, Jr., Memphis
DL- Martin Ifedi, So., Memphis
DL- Jared St. John, Sr., Tulsa
LB- Marvin Burdette, Sr., UAB
LB- Derrell Johnson, Jr., East Carolina
LB- Taylor Reed, Sr., SMU
DB- Kenneth Acker, Jr., SMU
DB- A.J. Bouye, Sr., UCF
DB- Dominick LeGrande, Gr., Marshall
DB- Marco Nelson, Jr., Tulsa

SPECIAL TEAMS
K- Chris Boswell, Jr., Rice
P- Ian Campbell, Sr., UTEP
KR- Trey Watts, Jr., Tulsa
PR- Justin Hardy, So., East Carolina
LS- Brandon Hartson, Sr., Houston

HONORABLE MENTION
OFFENSE
QB- Shane Carden, So., East Carolina
QB- Cody Green, Jr., Tulsa
QB- Ryan Griffin, Sr., Tulane
QB- Taylor McHargue, Jr., Rice
RB- Nathan Jeffery, So., UTEP
RB- Alex Singleton, Sr., Tulsa
RB- Trey Watts, Jr., Tulsa
OL- Eloy Atkinson, Sr., UTEP
OL- Drew Carroll, So., Rice
OL- Adhem Elsawi, Jr., East Carolina
OL- Jordan Free, Sr., SMU
OL- Chris Jasperse, So., Marshall
OL- Jordan Jeffries, Jr., Marshall
OL- Eric Jones, Sr., Tulane
OL- Jordan McCray, Jr., UCF
OL- James Nelson, Sr., UTEP
OL- Austin Quattrochi, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Bryce Redman, So., Houston
OL- Alex Schooler, Jr., Marshall
OL- Jason Weaver, Sr., Southern Miss
OL- Caleb Williams, Fr., Rice
TE- Kennard Backman, So., UAB
TE- Justin Tukes, So., UCF
TE- Craig Wenrick, Jr., UTEP
TE- Luke Willson, Sr., Rice
WR- Mike Edwards, Sr., UTEP
WR- Rannell Hall, So., UCF
WR- Jordan James, Jr., Tulsa
WR- Jeremy Johnson, Jr., SMU
WR- Sam McGuffie, Sr., Rice
WR- Marcus Rucker, Sr., Memphis
WR- Jackie Williams, Jr., UAB
WR- Antavious Wilson, Sr., Marshall

DEFENSE
DL- Marcus Bagley, Jr., UTEP
DL- Alex Bazzie, Jr., Marshall
DL- Cody Bauer, Jr., Rice
DL- Christian Covington, Fr., Rice
DL- Austen Jacks, Sr., Tulane
DL- Derrick Jackson, Sr., Tulsa
DL- Horace Miller, Jr., UTEP
DL- Lee Pegues, Jr., East Carolina
DL- Torlan Pittman, Sr., SMU
DL- Terry Redden, So., Memphis
DL- Hosam Shahin, Jr., Rice
DL- Brandon Sparrow, Jr., Marshall
DL- Rakeem Nunez-Roches, So., Southern Miss
DL- Julius Warmsley, Jr., Tulane
DL- Greg Watkins, Sr., UTEP
LB- Anthony Brown, Jr., Memphis
LB- Jeremy Grove, So., East Carolina
LB- Shawn Jackson, Jr., Tulsa
LB- Tank Jakes, So., Memphis
LB- Derrick Mathews, So., Houston
LB- Cameron Nwosu, Jr., Rice
LB- Josh Fely, Sr., UTEP
DB- Lonnie Ballentine, Jr., Memphis
DB- Jordan Batiste, Fr., Tulane
DB- Lorenzo Doss, Fr., Tulane
DB- DeShawn Grayson, Sr., UTEP
DB- Calvin Jones, Jr., UAB
DB- Damon Magazu, Jr., East Carolina
DB- Zach McMillian, Jr., Houston
DB- Okechukwu Okoroha, Gr., Marshall
DB- Paul Porras, Jr., Rice
DB- Lowell Rose, Sr., Tulsa
DB- Deron Wilson, Sr., Southern Miss
DB- Darren Woodard, Sr., UTEP

SPECIAL TEAMS
K- Justin Haig, So., Marshall
K- Warren Harvey, So., East Carolina
K- Matt Hogan, Sr., Houston
K- Ty Long, So.., UAB
P- Tom Hornsey, Jr.., Memphis
P- Mike Loftus, So., SMU
P- Hunter Mullins, So., UAB
P- Trent Tignor, Jr., East Carolina
KR- Autrey Golden, Fr., UTEP
KR- Bobby McCain, So., Memphis
PR- Mike Edwards, Sr., UTEP
LS- Nick Dooley, Fr., UTEP
LS- Trevor Gillette, Jr., Rice
LS- Taylor Klein, Sr., UAB