|High School:||Santiago HS|
At Colorado: Was the starter for 11 games for NCAA FCS Colorado in 2006 ... Ran for 677 rushing yards in 2006, the third-most rushing yards by a quarterback in CU history ... Passed for 1,298 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2006 ... Was the recipient of CU's Hang Tough Award, presented to the player who overcame the most adversity; he had to deal with being thrust into the starting quarterback role with little experience while also being faced with family members with serious health issues ... Saw action at kick returner, tailback, receiver and quarterback during his sophomore season in 2005 and his freshman season in 2004.
High School: As a senior, he earned first-team all-CIF, all-Riverside County and all-Mountain View League honors, while both PrepStar and Prep Football Report named him to their all-West teams and SuperPrep selected him to its all-Far West team. PFR ranked him as the No. 45 player in California and the No. 12 quarterback; SuperPrep ranked him No. 39 overall in California (the No. 6 QB), while Rivals.com rated him the No. 10 quarterback in the nation (and No. 61 in all of California). As a captain, he was his team’s most valuable player and offensive player of the year for a second straight time his senior year; as a junior, he garnered all-league first-team and all-county honorable mention honors. A true dual-threat quarterback, he rushed 160 times for 1,032 yards and 14 scores, with a long run of 65 yards, while completing 82-of-162 passes (50.6 percent) for 1,314 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. As a junior, he rushed 70 times for 660 yards and four touchdowns, with a long of 55. He completed 50 percent of his passes (65-of-130) for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns, tossing just four interceptions to compliment his rushing stats. He saw limited action as a wide receiver his sophomore season. Top career games included a playoff win over San Bernardino his senior year, when he completed 4-of-10 passes for 246 yards (a gaudy 61.5 yards per pass) and three touchdowns. He also rushed eight times for 100 yards and two scores, one for 65 yards. In a 35-14 win over Plaoma Valley the same year, he was 6-of-12 passing for 200 yards and two scores, and added 60 yards rushing on five attempts. Santiago was 9-3 his senior season (losing in the CIF quarterfinals), 9-3 his junior year (losing in the quarterfinals once again) and 4-6 his sophomore year under coach Steve Mitchell. He also played baseball and basketball as a freshman.
Personal: Is the father of a son, Jayden ... His hobbies include playing basketball and lifting weights.