Santos honored by I-AA.org
Ricky Santos

I-AA.org, the leading news service covering NCAA football Division I-AA has named its national weekly All-Stars for the week ending November 19, 2005. Below are the four individual student-athletes honored including their height, weight, class, position, game for which they are honored, hometown and a description of their accomplishments this week.

* Mike Dragosavich, 6-5, 196, Sophomore, Punter, North Dakota State vs Southern Illinois, Oak Lawn, Illinois

Dragosavich's punting kept North Dakota in the game with good field position in a 9-0 loss at Southern Illinois on Saturday. The win clinched an at-large playoff berth for SIU, but it wasn't easy because of Dragosavich. The Great West Conference special teams player of the week had punts of 79, 69 and 63 yards twice for a 55.8-yard average. His previous career long had been 63 yards, which he reached on all four of his punts on Saturday. That helped the Bison keep the Salukis' high-powered offense to just a nine points, all created by special teams mistakes. Dragosavich is averaging 46.5 yards per punt, the best of any punter in I-AA this season. He improved his career average to 43.7 per punt and broke school single-season and career punting average records set by Aaron Peterson. Peterson averaged 42.9 per punt in 1998 and averaged 41.8 yards during his tenure from 1998-2001.

* Porter Johnson, 5-10, 220, Senior, Linebacker, The Citadel vs VMI, Loris, South Carolina

Johnson helped lead The Citadel to a 22-14 victory in the Military Classic of the South and the Silver Shako trophy Saturday afternoon at Lexington, Va. The Southern Conference defensive player of the week had a team-high 13 tackles, with six solo stops, four tackles for loss, three and a half sacks and two forced fumbles. Johnson, who was switched from fullback to linebacker at the start of the season, piled up 25 yards in losses on his three and a half sacks. Johnson is sixth in the SoCon with an average of 7.8 tackles per game and is third in the league with six and a half sacks.

* James Noble, 5-6, 180, Sophomore, Tailback, Cal Poly vs Idaho State, Barstow, California

Noble continued his late-season heroics and helped vault Cal Poly into the playoffs by rushing for 248 yards. He scored all five of the Mustangs' touchdowns in a 35-10 comeback win over Idaho State Saturday night in San Luis Obispo, Ca. It was the second 200-yard game and seventh 100-yard effort of the season for Noble, who increased his rushing total for the season to 1,305 yards, with 11 touchdowns and an average of 7.8 yards per carry. The Great West Conference offensive player of the week opened the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown dash and then put the Mustangs in front with a 10-yard TD burst. He then added scores of 23, 35 and two yards to put the game away.

* Ricky Santos, 6-2, 215, Sophomore, Quarterback, New Hampshire vs Maine, Bellingham, Massachusetts

Santos showed his versatility on Saturday afternoon to lead New Hampshire to a 59-47 win at home over rival Maine in a game that clinched a share of the Atlantic 10 title, an automatic playoff bid and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs for the Wildcats. Santos, not normally known as a runner, set a career-high with 116 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while passing for 354 yards and four more scores. He completed 30-of-46 passes and piled up 470 yards of total offense to go with his seven touchdowns. The Atlantic 10 offensive player of the week for the fifth time this year, Santos scored on runs of two, seven and 24 yards and had TD passes of 20, six and 47 yards to David Ball and 48 yards to Michael Boyle. Santos established a single-season New Hampshire record with 33 touchdown passes this year.

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