2010 Player Preview - Esteban Santiago
Signed: In 2006 from Coronado High School in El Paso.
2009: 36. That's the number of consecutive game appearances Santiago brings into the 2010 season. He's the team's most experienced veteran, and will be expected to help running back Lance Dunbar challenge for the Sun Belt Conference's rushing lead again in 2010.
Why he will start: As stated above, Santiago will be the leader of the offensive line this season. The fifth-year senior has started 35 of 36 possible games and is one of the biggest locks on the team to earn a starting role again this season.
Why he won't: Outside of a serious injury, not much will keep Santiago out of the starting lineup in 2010.
Don't forget: Santiago was an all-district honoree as an offensive and defensive lineman at Coronado. That athleticism and versatility has aided his success as a right tackle. The preseason First Team All-Sun Belt performer will again be trusted lead the charge on the Mean Green offensive attack.
Overall: Santiago's importance for the Mean Green this season will be twofold. He will be expected to help lead the way for running back Lance Dunbar's Doak Walker Award campaign. Santiago will also be counted on to help improve the North Texas aerial attack from 51st nationally in 2009. If past behavior is any indicator for the future, expect Santiago to compile 12 more starts and another First Team All-Sun Belt recognition in 2010.