Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Tulane Green Wave.
Kicker: Cairo Santos, senior (St. Augustine, FL / St. Joseph's Academy)
Santos has not only been named to the 2013 Lou Groza Preseason Watch List but the reigning Groza Award winner will look to become just the second repeat winner in Groza history. He won the 2012 Groza with the first 21-for-21 field goal season in FBS history and was named a consensus All-American after leading the team in points scored (89) and hitting 26-of-27 on PATs. He was 12-for-12 from 40-plus yards, including 2-for-2 from 50-plus yards. He connected on 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.
"I spent the first half of summer at home in Brazil and the second half doing a bunch of trainings with One on One Kicking. I've been focusing on improving my steps and getting stronger kickoffs. Im really looking forward to my senior year at Tulane and hopefully make it to a bowl at the end of the year. Working with my new snapper( Mike Lizanich) and holder ( Pete Picerelli) has been going great and we've picked up where we left off last year."Kicker/punter: Steven Broccoli, sophomore (New York, NY / Fordham Prep)
2012: Did not play as a walk-on, true freshman
High School: Four-year letterman ...as a senior, earned first-team All-City honors after hitting 11-of-16 field goals (.688) with a long of 40 yards and posting six touchbacks on kickoffs...also lettered once in basketball.
"I went home for the summer and kicked a few times a week with my kicking coach George Jackowenko. I also worked on leg speed and conditioning with my speed coach Ed Lovelace. I plan on kicking well with the chances I get in practice to earn my respect with the coaches and to earn my spot for the spring."Kicker: Brandon Purcell, freshman (Paradise Valley, AZ / Phoenix Country Day)
Did not play prep football as the school did not sponsor the sport...lettered four years each in baseball, tennis and soccer and once in basketball - becoming the first four-sport varsity student-athlete in school historyKicker/punter: Casey Spinelli, freshman (Covington, LA / St. Paul's)
High school: Three-year letterman ...hit 3-of-4 PATs and kicked off twice for 91 yards in an injury-shortened senior season...connected on 23-of-24 PATs as a juniorPunter/holder: Peter Picerelli, sophomore (Warren, RI / LaSalle Academy)
2012: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman...led the team in punts (69) and punting yards (2,846) with eight boots of 50-plus yards, dropping 16 inside opponents' 20-yard line and forcing 13 fair catches
"During this off season I've really been focused on consistency. I kicked about 4 times per week during the summer. I've also been working hard on my ability to hold as this will be my first season holding. I want Cairo to believe in me enough to go out and have confidence where he can go out and make every field goal like he has the ability to do. I believe my strength as a punter is my directional punting and this off season I've worked on adding the Aussie punt into my repertoire. This season I hope to be an asset to my team and hopefully go to/win a bowl game."Punter/kicker: Logan Hilton, sophomore (Alexandria, LA / Holy Savior Menard Central HS)
2012: Walk-on did not play as a true freshmanPunter: Jonathan Ginsburgh, senior (Alexandria, LA / Holy Savior Menard Central HS)
High School: Four-year letterman ... played tight end, linebacker, punter and kicker...for his career, scored 140 points after connecting on 19-of-25 field goals (.760) with a long of 43 and converting 83-of-89 PATs (.933) while punting 74 times for 2,989 yards (40.4 avg) with a long of 64 and 44 downed inside the 20-yard line...claimed first-team all-state honors as a punter as a senior
Two-year letterman has punted 131 times for 5,333 yards (40.7 avg.) while forcing 33 fair catches and dropping 31 boots inside the opponents' 20-yard line during his career...also ran once for seven yards and has a pair of solo tacklesPunter: Austin Righeimer, freshman (Park Ridge, IL / Maine South HS)
High school: Two-year letterman ...for his career, averaged 39.2 yards per punt and nailed a career long of 68 yards
"I'm just a walk on, but my goal is to be a reliable back up punter this season. In the summer I have been punting 5 days a week and trying to improve my consistency and steps. I'd like to hit a consistent 4.5/45 yard punt."Long snapper: Michael Lizanich, freshman (Scottsdale, AZ / Pinnacle HS)
Four-year letterman ... saw time at offensive line, defensive line and deep snapper ...ranked No. 2 deep snapper in the nation by ESPN.com, No. 5 by Scout.com, No. 7 by ChrisSailer.com ... named first-team 5A all-state and claimed a spot on the All-Arizona Team (all divisions) as both a junior and senior...handled all snapping duties on punts, field goals and PATs in each of his final three prep seasons, posting a perfect performance along the way