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Friday, December 7, 2012

And the Winners Are... Cairo Santos & Ryan Allen

And the winners of the two big awards at the 2012 Home Depot College Football Awards are [drum roll]...

Lou Groza Award: Cairo Santos
It was a perfect ending to a perfect season. In front of a national television audience on ESPN, Tulane junior kicker Cairo Santos was named the 2012 winner of the prestigious Lou Groza Award during the 2012 Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the Walt Disney World Resort. Legendary NFL kicker and former New Orleans Saint Morten Andersen presented Santos with the 21st Groza Award. Santos, who was named a finalist, along with Florida’s Caleb Sturgis and Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins, completed one of the finest campaigns by a kicker in NCAA history by finishing a perfect 21-of-21 on field goal attempts. 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 was 20-of-20 in 1996.
“I think if you look at the replay you can see I was in complete shock when they called my name for the award,” Santos said. “It was great to be on the same stage as Dustin Hopkins and Caleb Sturgis as finalists. They are two of the finest individuals I have ever met. I am in shock but so happy at the same time. This is a tremendous honor and I am very grateful, but it would not have been possible without my coaches and teammates, especially my holder Ryan Rome and deep snapper Billy Johnson. This award is for each of them as well. I would also like to thank the Lou Groza Award committee and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.”
Santos, who hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil, but prepped as an exchange student at St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Augustine, Fla., is the second Green Wave kicker to receive the nation’s top place-kicking honor, joining All-American Seth Marler who claimed the Groza Trophy in 2001....
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).
- Sports NOLA
Ray Guy Award: Ryan Allen
Louisiana Tech senior punter Ryan Allen was awarded the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter for a second consecutive season. Presented with the trophy on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, broadcast on ESPN, Allen topped Ball State’s Scott Kovanda and Florida’s Kyle Christy....
“I felt confident about winning and I was a lot more relaxed coming in this time,” Allen said on Thursday night. “Having been here before, I kinda knew how this all happens, but the other candidates were very good also. So you do get a little nervous sitting here waiting"....
A first-team Walter Camp All-American, Allen led the country in punting with a 48.04-yard average and he was also tops in net punting average at 43.51 yards per kick. He had an 85-yard kick against New Mexico State. He became the first Tech football player since Troy Edwards, the 1998 Biletnikoff Award winner, to capture a a major national award.
- Shreveport Times
After spending two years at Oregon State, Ryan Allen knew it’d be a long while before he ever saw any playing time. Roadblocked by punter Johnny Hekker, who’s now in his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams, Allen took fate into his own hands. After his redshirt freshman season, he transferred to Louisiana Tech. The move proved to be a success once again Thursday night.... “It’s been crazy,” Allen said. “Lou­isiana Tech wasn’t my first choice. It’s been an unexpected journey.”
Allen will be honored by the Augusta Sports Council at The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Football Banquet, on Jan. 17, at the Legends Club. Last year, Allen couldn’t make it to Augusta due to his class schedule. This time, he said he’s coming. “It was over the top busy for me,” he said. “For the Augusta Sports Council to recognize our position is important. We’re still trying to get respect for our position. It’s going to be a great honor to be out there."

- Augusta Chronicle

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