DENTON, Texas—North Texas football has placed four on the Blue Ribbon Yearbook Preseason All-Sun Belt team, the publication has announced. Running back Lance Dunbar, wide receiver Jamaal Jackson, offensive lineman Esteban Santiago and linebacker Craig Robertson represented the Mean Green on the squad. The four Mean Green honorees were tied for the second-most players from any school on the 24-member team.
Dunbar was a 2009 All-Sun Belt First Team honoree and led the conference with 17 rushing touchdowns. Despite only starting the final eight games of the season, the junior finished 14th nationally in rushing (114.8 yards per game) and tied for eighth in scoring with 9.5 points per game. Dunbar’s four rushing touchdowns versus Louisiana-Lafayette tied a school record, and his 238 rushing yards against Florida Atlantic were sixth-most in program history. The Haltom City native was twice named Running Back of the Week by CollegeFootballPerformance.com in 2009, and was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Jackson led the team in 2009 with 71 receptions for 701 yards and six touchdowns, while earning a spot on the All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team last season. In his first year as a member of the Mean Green, Jackson’s 9.5 receptions per game led the Sun Belt Conference, and he placed third in the league with 58.42 receiving yards per game. The senior claimed two consecutive outings with double-digit receptions against Middle Tennessee and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Amite, La., native also ranked second in the conference in kick returns with an average of 27.21 yards per return.
Santiago was a leader of an offensive unit that led the Sun Belt Conference and tied for 10th nationally with 12 sacks allowed. The El Paso native anchored a unit that ranked 28th nationally in rushing offense and second in the league with 185.25 yards per game. The fifth-year senior claims 36 starts to his credit. He was an All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team performer in 2009.
Robertson paced the team with 107 tackles and also claimed three TFL, 1.5 sacks, one interception, three PBU, one hurry and one fumble recovery in 2009. The fifth-year senior garnered Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in week one with a 12 tackle, one fumble recovery effort in a win over Ball State. Robertson is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention honoree.