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John Santiago
Player Profile:
John Santiago 2213559
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Andover, Minn.
High School: St. Francis High School
Major: Criminal Justice

2017 Game-by-Game Stats
2016 Game-by-Game Stats
2015 Game-by-Game Stats

2017 (Junior):
Collected All-America honors for the third-consecutive season, garnering Associated Press and Phil Steele first team accolades as an all-purpose player ... Also named to the STATS third team as an all-purpose player ... Led the FCS during the regular season with 1,780 all-purpose yards and was second with an 161.8 all-purpose yards per game average ... Named first team All-Big Sky at running back for the third-straight season ... Became just the fifth player in the 55-year history of the Big Sky Conference to earn a first-team accolade as a freshman, sophomore and junior at the same position ... Finished campaign with 970 rushing yards and a team-high five touchdowns, while adding 10 receptions for 93 yards ... Also added 766 kickoff returns yards (21.9 ypr) and 204 punt return yards (18.5 ypr), including a 64-yard return for a score at Portland State (Oct. 28) ... Led the Big Sky with a 6.0 yards per carry average ... Rushed for a season-high 170 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries at UC Davis (Sept. 30) ... Registered a season-long 81-yard carry against the Aggies en route to season-best 248 yard all-purpose yardage ouptut ... Added second 100-yard rushing game of the season and 15th of his career with 10-carry, 115-yard outing at Southern Utah (Nov. 4) ... Earned third letter.

2016 (Sophomore):
Earned second team All-America honors as a return specialist from STATS and Hero Sports Network ... Named first team All-Big Sky as a running back and return specialist ... Became only sixth player in Big Sky history to earn back-to-back, first-team accolades as a freshm and sophomore ... Finished season with 983 rushing yards (5.4 ypc), 500 kickoff return yards (27.8 ypr) and 1,600 all-purpose yards ... Accounted for nine touchdowns, including a school-record equaling 100-yard kickoff return in home win over Weber State (Oct. 29) ... Registered four 100-yard rushing games, including a season-high 204-yard effort in road win at Northern Colorado (Nov. 5) ... Had 119 rushing yards and a 32-yard touchdown carry at Bowling Green (Sept. 10) ... Rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, while also catching first touchdown pass of career in double-overtime victory over South Dakota (Sept. 17) ... Opened the first OT with a 25-yard touchdown run ... Had a season-high three catches for 37 yards and added 55 rushing yards and a touchdown in home win over Southern Utah (Oct. 15) ... Rushed 17 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns in comeback victory over Northern Arizona (Nov. 12) that clinched Big Sky title ... Earned second letter. 

2015 (Freshman): Earned STATS and Associated Press second team All-America honors as a running back ... Named Co-Big Sky Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous first team All-Big Sky selection ... Shared the FCS lead with nine 100-yard rushing games in regular-season play and was only running back in FCS football to rush for more than 100 yards in each of his conference games ... Started all 11 games and set UND's Division I record for rushing (1,459) and all-purpose yards (2,159; third most in the FCS in 2015) ... Averaged 6.5 yards per carry and led the Big Sky in rushing yards, all-purpose yards and rushing touchdowns (16) ... Rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns in collegiate debut at Wyoming (Sept. 5) ... Had a 52-yard rushing touchdown in the win over the Cowboys ... Opened Big Sky play with 152 rushing yards and two touchdowns in win over UC Davis (Sept. 26) ...  Also had three kickoff returns for 94  yards against the Aggies … Rushed for 111 yards in road win at No. 15 Portland State (Oct. 3) … Accounted for a season-high 311 all-purpose yards vs. Idaho State (Oct. 17) … Rushed for 155 yards against the Bengals and added four kickoff returns for 152 yards … Opened the game at No. 19 Montana (Oct. 24) with an 80-yard touchdown run on first play from scrimmage … Finished with 178 rushing yards, two receptions for 36 yards and 299 all-purpose yards against the Griz … Rushed for a season-high 230 yards and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard scoring run in win over No. 19 Montana State (Oct. 31) … Scored on a season-long 81-yard carry in home finale vs. Northern Colorado (Nov. 14) … Averaged 16.5 ypc (12 for 180) in win over the Bears … Closed out season by equaling season-high with three rushing touchdowns in win at Cal Poly (Nov. 21) … Finished with his eighth-straight 100-yard game, rushing 27 times for 117 yards against the Mustangs.

Before UND: Named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Minnesota Mr. Football Award … Earned Second Team All-State honors and Minneapolis Star Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Metro honors after rushing for 1,859 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior … Named the Mississippi 8 Conference Offensive Player of the Year … Also caught 10 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown … Holds St. Francis program records for rushing yards and points scored.

Personal: Son of Ramon Santiago and Ivette Soto.

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