Dec. 18, 2012
New Orleans - Tulane kicker Cairo Santos secured a permanent spot in the school's history books as one of the Green Wave's most decorated players, as the junior became just the fifth Tulane football player receive consensus All-America honors, it was announced by the NCAA.
Santos joins an elite fraternity of Green Wave players to achieve consensus All-America honors and is the first since former tackle Ernie Blandin in 1941. The first three Tulane players to receive one of the top single season honors in college football was end Jerry Dalrymple in 1931, back Don Zimmerman in 1932 and tackle Harley McCollum in 1939.
To be selected a player has to be named first team on at least two of the five selected All-American teams. Second and third teams were used to break ties. Five organizations were used to compile the consensus team -- American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Santos, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but prepped as an exchange student at St. Joseph's Academy in St. Augustine, Fla., was a first team All-American selection by both the FWAA and the AP, along with Sports Illustrated and Phil Steele.
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.
2012 FBS Consensus All-America Team
The following players were listed on the most first team All-America teams competing against players at that position only. Note: Each of the five teams has a different way of listing the returner or all-purpose player. For the purpose of the Consensus All-America team those categories were treated as one position.
WR--*Marqise Lee, Southern California, 6-0, 195, So.
WR--*Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6-2, 205, Sr.
TE--*Zach Ertz, Stanford, 6-6, 252, Sr.
OL--*Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6-3, 295, Sr.
OL--*Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6-6, 310, Jr.
OL--*Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6-3, 320, Sr.
OL--David Yankey, Stanford, 6-5, 301, Jr.
C--Barrett Jones, Alabama, 6-5, 302, Sr.
QB--Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 6-1, 200, Fr.
RB--Montee Ball, Wisconsin, 5-11, 215, Sr.
RB--Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 5-11, 192, Sr.
RB--Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 5-10, 197, So.
PK--Cairo Santos, Tulane, 5-8, 160, Jr.
Returner/All-Purpose--Dri Archer, Kent St., 5-8, 175, Sr.
DL--*Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, 6-6, 256, So.
DL--*Bjoern Werner, Florida St., 6-4, 255, Jr.
DL--Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-4, 250, Jr.
DL--Will Sutton, Arizona St., 6-1, 267, Jr.
LB--*Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6-3, 241, Jr.
LB--*Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 6-2, 255, Sr.
LB--C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 232, Jr.
DB--*Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6-1, 199, Jr.
DB--*Phillip Thomas, Fresno St., 6-1, 215, Sr.
DB--Jordan Poyer, Oregon St., 6-0, 190, Sr.
DB--Eric Reid, LSU, 6-2, 212, Jr.
P--*Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech, 6-2, 215, Sr.
* Indicates unanimous first team selection
Note: Three running backs are named because of a tie for the second spot. Both Ball and Carey made three first teams each.