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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Phil Steele Preseason All-Americans: K Cairo Santos, P Kyle Christy & LS Scott Thompson

Phil Steele announced his Preseason All-Americans earlier in the week. The First Team was highlighted by three specialists.

Kicker: Cairo Santos (Tulane)
A three-year letterman from Brazilia, Brazil, Santos enters his senior season atop the Tulane career record book in field goal percentage (.818) while ranking third in points scored kicking (226), tied for third in field goals made (45), fourth in PATs made (91), fifth in total points scored, PAT attempts (94), sixth in PAT percentage (.968) and seventh in field goal attempts (55). Last season, he won the Lou Groza National Place-Kicker Award, was tabbed College Football Performance National Kicker of the year and was named consensus All-American after leading the team in points scored (89) by going a perfect 21-for-21 in field goals and 26-of-27 on PATs.
He was 11-for-11 from 40-plus yards and 2-for-2 from 50-plus, including a then-school record 54 yarder vs. ULM on Sept. 29 before eclipsing that with a 57-yard boot vs. Rice on Nov. 3. Santos claimed first-team All-America honors from the Associated Press, Football Writers Associated of America, Sports Illustrated and Phil Steele Publications while garnering first-team All C-USA and All-Louisiana recognition. He tied an NCAA Division I record in field goal percentage while becoming just the second player in DI-FBS to finish perfect with 20-plus field goal attempts.
Punter: Kyle Christy (Florida)
A 2012 Ray Guy Award finalist, Christy has emerged as one of the nation’s top punters in collegiate football. Last season, he was First Team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches and was a Walter Camp Second Team All-American. He rated fifth in the country in punting average and first in the SEC. Christy had a breakout performance against South Carolina, establishing a single-game SEC and school record with a 54.3 yards per punt average. He was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Gamecocks. 
Long Snapper: Scott Thompson (NC State) 
2012: Handled all of the long snapping duties.
2011: Member of the Pack's rookie trio on special teams, he handled all of the long snapping duties ... In on 112 special teams snaps.
Prep: As a junior, snapped on all varsity PATs, field goals and punts as the team posted a 12-2 record and played in the CIF title game at Trabuco Hills HS under coach Scott Orlaff ... Snapped over 50 punts perfectly ... Helped set a school record for consecutive PATs converted with 80 ... Took over the long snapping job on punts at Trabuco Hills as a sophomore.
Second Team
  • K Chris Boswell, Rice
  • P Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina
  • LS Drew Howell, Oregon
Third Team
  • K Ross Martin, Duke
  • P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State
  • LS Matt Dooley, Indiana
Fourth Team
  • K Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson
  • P Richie Leone, Houston
  • LS Reid Ferguson, LSU

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