Tulane's All-America kicker Santos mourns loss of his father

Tulane may be without the services of All-America kicker Cairo Santos at Syracuse this Saturday.

Santos' father was killed in a stunt plane crash in Santos' homeland of Brazil over the weekend. The younger Santos was attending the memorial service in Brazil Tuesday. And arrangements have been made to get Green Wave's kicker to New York in time for the game, if he is up to it.

"Our thought and our prayers are with him and we just want him to heal and if he's at the game, he's at the game, and if he's not, we understand," said Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson.

This is the 2nd consecutive year Tulane has had to rally around one of it's brothers. Last year, it was defensive back Devon Walker going down with a neck injury in the Tulsa game and, thus, finding himself restricted to a wheel chair.

Santos is on the verge of establishing a new standard among collegiate kickers, having made 25 consecutive field goals, 6 short of breaking the record set by Washington's Chuck Nelson 3 decades ago.