Three Tulane players named to All-Conference USA first team

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane wide receiver Ryan Grant, kicker Cairo Santos and long snapper Billy Johnson were selected to the All-Conference USA first team, the league announced Tuesday.

The three first-team selections are the most for the Green Wave since 2001.

Grant, a native of Beaumont, Texas, is the first Tulane receiver to achieve all-league first-team status since Roydell Williams in 2004. Grant had 1,149 yards and six touchdowns on 76 receptions.

Santos, a Brazilian native and Lou Groza Award finalist, was 21-for-21 on field-goal attempts. Santos and 1996 Groza winner Marc Primanti of N.C. State are the only kickers in FBS history to stay perfect throughout a season in which they had 20 or more attempts.

Johnson, a Georgia transfer, handled snapping duties for all 71 punts and was the deep snapper for Santos’ 21 field goals.

Six players received all-conference honorable mention, including senior quarterback Ryan Griffin, senior offensive tackle Eric Jones, senior defensive end Austen Jacks, junior defensive tackle Julius Warmsley and freshmen cornerbacks Lorenzo Doss and Jordan Batiste.