Tulane junior kicker Cairo Santos has now earned All-America first team honors from four different outlets.
Dec. 14, 2012
New Orleans - Tulane's Cairo Santos added more accolades to his football resume today as he was named to two more All-America first teams with his selection to both the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Phil Steele's First Team All-America squads, as it was announced by both outlets.
Santos, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but prepped as an exchange student at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Augustine, Fla., has now been named to four 2012 All-America first teams, including the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, FWAA and Phil Steele.
Santos is Tulane's first FWAA All-America first team selection since fellow Groza winner Seth Marler in 2001 and joins guard Tony Sardisco (1955) and running back Eddie Price (1949) as the only four Green Wave players to receive first team honors by the FWAA.
The 2012 Lou Groza Award winner completed one of the best seasons by a kicker in NCAA history by 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 from North Carolina State 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 was 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 also nailed a 54-yarder against ULM. Santos 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).