John Santiago

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…

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 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….

College Football: Fighting Hawks Honor 16 Seniors in Final Home Game

UND honored its 16 seniors before Saturday's game against Portland State

GRAND FORKS, N.D. —  North Dakota football took care of business on senior day in its final home contest of the season against Portland State. The win puts them one step closer to earning a playoff spot, but while their postseason push is still up in the air, the one thing that’s always been clear cut is how much the senior…

North Dakota Football Beats Portland State On Senior Day

UND beat Portland State 17-10

GRAND FORKS, N.D.– (UND Athletics) Lenny Nelson’s fourth-quarter 58-yard interception return for a touchdown helped North Dakota to a gritty 17-10 home win over Portland State Saturday afternoon at the Alerus Center. Trailing 10-0-7 heading into the final frame, Nelson corralled a tipped pass off the hands of Jaxson Turner and raced untouched to the house to put the Fighting Hawks on top…

College Football: UND Focused on Upping the Physicality in Spring Game

UND's offense and defense will square off in roughly 60 live plays

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — UND football returns to live action Friday night for its 15th and final session of the spring. The players will have the chance to showcase their progress from the past few weeks in the Spring Game. The offense and defense will square off in roughly 60 live plays. The team says the focus heading into the…

UND Football: Fighting Hawks Still Working Out the Kinks Heading into their Spring Game

UND's spring game is set for 6 p.m. on Friday at the High Performance Center

GRAND  FORKS, N.D. — Three wins, eight losses, and an 11th-place finish in the isn’t exactly what UND football had in mind after making the playoffs the year before. In fact, most of what took place during the 2017 season is completely different from UND’s 2016 Big Sky title year. This spring, however, the Hawks are using their 15 practices to…

Spring Football: Trio of Quarterbacks Competing for UND Starting Gig

The Hawks will compete in their annual Spring Game on Friday, April 13th

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — When the Fighting Hawks took the field last season, there was no question who would be leading the green and white. Now without four-year starter Keaton Studsrud, North Dakota football has some big shoes to fill. “Keaton was great for our program,” head coach Bubba Schweigert said. “His freshmen year, his true freshman year he sacrificed…

UND Running Back Makes Three-Year-Old’s Birthday Wish Come True

UND RB John Santiago helps three-year-old Della McArdle celebrate her birthday.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — When it came to Della McArdle’s third birthday, planning the theme of her UND Football inspired party was a piece of cake. “She has been talking about having a Sioux football party for forever,” Della’s mother Kaitlyn Rau said. “She loves Sioux Football.” But making all her birthday wishes come true wasn’t simply a hop, skip…