Ceejay Santos

As the 2013 UH Football season approaches, we're putting our best foot forward to profile as many players on the team as possible. Bear with us. Some of these may be fairly scant (especially for the younger guys.) If you have anything to add let us know!

Ceejay Santos #35

Position: Placekicker

Height: 6-1

Weight: 205

Class: Sophomore (transfer from Weber State)

Birthdate: May 6, 1993

This season, Santos, a sophomore from Wailuku, Maui, is expected to compete with incumbent starter Tyler Hadden (Junior) for playing time. Having spent last season watching from the sidelines as a redshirt transfer, Santos should (hopefully) be primed to give Hadden a good competition. Getting an extra point blocked in Saturday's first padded practice though…not starting off well so far.

Strengths: Santos has a pretty strong leg. Not Justin Ayat strong, but being the current MIL record holder with a 53 yard field goal is still pretty solid. His consistency in high school also seems to be a plus (was 8 for 8 with 4 over 50 yards.)

Negatives: That Santos was relegated to "kickoff specialist" while at Weber State is in and of itself concerning. Also add to that Santos' own admission that he needed to be "more consistent" while kicking field goals and I'm having flashbacks of every kicker we've had in the post-Jason Elam era.

2012: Santos had to redshirt the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules. In an interview with Mauinews.com in August, the Maui native shared that, "UH was always my first choice." And, even though he was sad to leave Weber State, he also felt it was probably time to go, given that his primary role was as a kickoff specialist, despite the fact that the other guy was just "not bad".

2011: After graduating from Baldwin high school where he made first team All-State as a kicker, caught 4 touchdowns and even returned kickoffs, Santos joined the Weber State Wildcats on a scholarship. During his freshman year, he had 50 kickoffs for 3,151 yards (averaging of 63.02 yards per kickoff) to go along with 8 touchbacks. He was also Big Sky Academic All Conference.


Mauinews.com "Maui on his mind" April 22 2012

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