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UND football's Santiago making Big Sky history

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John Santiago was named First Team All-Big Sky for the third-consecutive year.

That makes Santiago 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.

Santiago led all of the FCS with 1,780 all-purpose yards during the 2017 season.

He had 717 rush yards on the season averaging 6.0 yards per carry which was the top among Big Sky rushers.

UND had other players receive recognition. Tank Harris and Tanner Palmborg both received third team honors while Brady Oliveira, Reid Taubenheim and John Santiago as a return specialist received honorable mention.

Mark Pearson

Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses. 

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