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Former UND RB Santiago Signs with Winnipeg Blue Bombers

John Santiago joins his former teammate Brady Oliveira, who was drafted by the Blue Bombers earlier this month

WINNIPEG, MB (UND Athletics) – One of the most dynamic running back duos in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) has been reunited north of the border as John Santiago has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL), as announced by the franchise at the beginning of training camp. Santiago joins a group of 93 names…

RB Oliveira Selected 14th Overall in CFL Draft

The former UND running back was drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — It doesn’t quite have the same pomp as the NFL Draft, but the Canadian Football League started its draft today. Former UND running back Brady Oliveira was selected 14th overall by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Oliveira himself is from Winnipeg. He rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in his collegiate career, which is especially impressive considering he…

Former UND Running Backs Participate in Pro Day

John Santiago and Brady Oliveira went to work in front of NFL Scouts

FARGO, N.D. — Former UND standouts John Santiago and Brady Oliveira are done with their collegiate careers, but they are still hoping to keep the playing careers alive. They are getting ready for the NFL draft. Both had their chance to show off in front of NFL scouts at their pro day on Thursday. It was a special day for the…

UND Football Fills Hole at Running Back

The Fighting Hawks graduated the team's top two backs from last season

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — As UND football continues spring practice, there is a big hole to fill at the running back position. This season the Fighting Hawks won’t have John Santiago or Brady Oliveira, who each graduated. That paves the way for senior James Johannesson to step up and take over the number one spot. The Fargo native played in all…

UND FB Seniors Not Ready To Leave Season Behind Yet

Brady Oliveira wants to get to the playoffs to cap off his UND Career

  GRAND FORKS, N.D. — North Dakota football just wants its chance. Finishing 7-and-4 with a win this weekend will certainly help the Fighting Hawks make the playoffs, but it isn’t certain. The ultimate goal is to survive and advance. For seniors like Brady Oliveira it’s about leaving a legacy. With a chance at the playoffs, another game would put a…

UND FB Hopes A Win This Weekend will be Enough for Playoff Berth

Fighting Hawks Beat Northern Arizona in 2016 to Win Big Sky Conference

GRAND FORKS, N.D — Win and they’re in. That’s the way North Dakota Football is treating Saturday’s regular season finale. While they can’t control what might happen elsewhere this weekend, they can control on trying to beat Northern Arizona. A win gives them hope. With everything at stake this time around, the team hopes to come out on top this weekend….

North Dakota Football Players Refuse to Stop Fighting

UND football is 2-6.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Another tough loss for North Dakota this past weekend at the Alerus Center. A banged up football team continues to see injuries. Quarterback Keaton Studsrud got hurt in the game against Sacramento State and UND had to go to the backup. But all those injuries will not stop the Fighting Hawks for getting ready for Portland…

UND Football Focusing on Improving Running Game after Week One Loss

The Fighting Hawks rushed for 51 yards against Utah on Thursday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Running the football is expected to be one of the biggest strengths for the University of North Dakota, with two preseason All-American running backs. Brady Oliveira and John Santiago underperformed in the team’s first game against Utah though. As a team, UND rushed for 51 yards in the 37-16 loss. “It was a big learning opportunity…

UND Football: Season Preview

UND headed into 2017 season without Deion Harris.

FARGO, N.D. —University of North Dakota running back Brady Oliveira made bold statements that he and John Santiago are the best running back duo in the country. The pair combined for nearly 2,000 rushing yards in 2016, and they’ll look to continue that as the head into the upcoming season. UND will also need to fill the vacancy at corner…

UND Backfield Ready to Lead Fighting Hawks in 2017

Oliveira, Santiago, and Johannesson to split carries for North Dakota.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — When you think of the best backfields in the FCS, it is hard to not have UND’s in the conversation. Both John Santiago and Brady Oliviera were named to the Big Sky preseason All-Conference team. “We want to run the football,” Head Coach Bubba Schweigert said. That is something that the offensive line knows very well. “We stress…