Junior Cairo Santos hopes to become the school's second recipient of the Lou Groza Award when the announcement is made tonight at the 2012 Home Depot College Football Awards show.
Dec. 6, 2012
Orlando - The wait is almost over for Tulane fans and for Green Wave junior kicker Cairo Santos, a Lou Groza Award finalist, as Santos and the entire nation will find out who the winners are of college football's top awards when the 2012 Home Depot College Football Awards airs live on ESPN tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Steele will host the show, which will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Home Depot College Football Awards are an annual awards show at which many of college football's major awards are handed out.
The awards for the Home Depot College Football Awards are the Maxwell Award (most outstanding player), the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), the Biletnikoff Award (most outstanding wide receiver), the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (most outstanding placekicker), the Ray Guy Award (most outstanding punter), the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (best quarterback), the Outland Trophy (most outstanding interior lineman), the Jim Thorpe Award (most outstanding defensive back) and the Doak Walker Award (most outstanding running back).
Santos, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but prepped as an exchange student at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Augustine, Fla., joins fellow Lou Groza Award finalists Caleb Sturgis from Florida and Dustin Hopkins from Florida State.
This past season, Santos completed one of the finest campaigns by a kicker in NCAA history, finishing a perfect 21-of-21 on field goal attempts. Santos was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and 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 is the first Tulane kicker to be selected a Lou Groza Award finalist since former All-America kicker Seth Marler won the award in 2001.