Senior Cairo Santos was recognized as one of the most well-rounded collegiate football student-athletes in the nation this season.
Dec. 30, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane Cairo Santos has been honored as an All-American for the second straight year, but this time the senior kicker is being recognized for his work both on and off the field as he has been named a 2013 Senior CLASS Award Second Team All-American by the organization.
The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS football coaches, national football media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, community, character and competition.
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.
Santos, who hails from Brasilia, Brazil and prepped at St. Augustine's (Fla.) St. Joseph's Academy, was a first team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana selection during his final season and was also a semifinalist for the 2013 Lou Groza Award and a candidate for the Weurffel Award. He was twice named the C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week (11/25; 10/14) and was named the Lou Groza Star of the Week and College Football Performance Award National Placekicker of the Week on Oct. 14.
This season, he knocked down 16-of-23 field goal attempts and all 38 of his PAT attempts for a team-best 86 points. He notched two game-winners (North Texas, East Carolina) and tied for the longest field goal in the nation this season with a 56-yarder at ULM. Santos also tied the school single game record with five field goals against the Pirates.
Santos owns the second longest streak for made field goals in NCAA history with 26. He also handled kickoff duties and has sent 47 of 62 attempts into the back of the end zone and only allowed 13 returns this season.
One year ago, Santos was a consensus first team All-America selection and winner of the 2012 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, participated in the Lou Groza Award Children's Hospital Visit in West Palm Beach, Fla. (2012) and was also among 10 Tulane student-athletes to visit the Children's Hospital in New Orleans during the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl community outreach event.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
AJ McCarron, Alabama
John Urschel, Penn State
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Alden Darby, Arizona State
Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Cairo Santos, Tulane
Kyle Van Noy, BYU
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.