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    Anthony Santella
    87 Anthony Santella
    Hometown:
    Wauconda, Ill.

    High School:
    Wauconda

    Last College:
    Univ. of Utah

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 190

    Position:
    P

    Birthdate:
    03/06/1988

    2010 (Senior): First-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and second team by media ... Phil Steele's third-team All-Big Ten ... Ray Guy Award semifinalist ... Campbell Award semifinalist ... Played in the Eastham Energy All-Star game in Tempe, Ariz., following the season ... Shared team's Outstanding Specialist Award with Nate Bussey ... Finished career ranked fourth on the Illinois career punting average list (40.8) and second in career punts (244) and career punting yardage (9.964) ... Also had 41 career punts of 50+ yards, including a long of 67, and dropped 61 punts inside the 20 during his career ... In 2010, played in all 13 games as the starting punter and also served as the holder on field goals and PATs ... Finished second in the Big Ten and 14th in the nation in punting (44.8 ypp), the second-highest season punting average in UI history, and also posted a career-high 18 punts of 50+ yards along with 15 inside the 20 ... Placed four of his five punts in the Texas Bowl inside the 20 ... Punted twice for an average of 53.5 yards in win over Northwestern at Wrigley Field ... Had six punts for 282 yards (47.0) at Michigan, including three of 50+ and a long of 62 ... Tallied seven punts for 306 yards vs. Purdue (43.7), with two over 50 yards and a long of 65 ... Recorded six punts for a 48.7 average vs. NIU, with two over 50 yards and a career-long with a 67 yarder ... Averaged 50.8 yards on five punts, the best single-game average of his career and the fifth-best in Illinois history, in win over Southern Illinois, including three punts over 50 yards and a long of 57 ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

    2009 (Junior): Played in all 12 games as the starting punter and also served as the holder on field goals and PATs ... Ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 50th nationally in punting with a 41.3 average ... Also had 16 punts inside the 20, 11 of 50+ and 19 fair catches on the season ... Punted seven times for 290 yards for a 41.4 average against Cincinnati ... Recorded six punts for a 41.0 average, which included two inside the 20 against Northwestern ... Averaged a season-best 47.8 yards on four punts, including a season-long 65-yarder in a win over Michigan ... Punted for an average of 44.8 yards against Purdue, while also booting three punts over 50 yards and landing a career-most four inside the 20 yardline ... Had five punts for a 42.4 average, including two 50-plus yarders and one inside the 20 yardline at Indiana ... Punted eight times for 358 yards (44.8 ypk), including two inside the 20 yardline and one 50-yarder against Michigan State ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

    2008 (Sophomore): Played in all 12 games as the starting punter and also served as the holder on field goals and PATs ... Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in punting average (39.7 ypk) and had 13 punts inside the 20, seven of 50+ and eight fair catches on the season ... Punted four times for 163 yards (40.8) against Western Michigan, with two downed inside the 20 ... Had six punts for 246 yards (41.0) against Iowa, with a long of 53 and two downed inside the 20 ... Had five punts for 212 yards (42.4) at Wisconsin, with a long of 51 yards and one downed inside the 20 ... Punted three times for 130 yards against Indiana, including a long of 52 ... Punted six times for 234 yards at Michigan, with two downed inside the 20 ... Punted eight times for a career-high 336 yards, averaging 42.0, with a long of 56 and two downed inside the 20 against Missouri ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

    2007 (RS Freshman): Played in all 13 games as the starting punter ... Had a career day in the Rose Bowl, averaging 44.7 yards on six punts ... Punted three times for an average of 42.0 yards, with a long of 52 and one downed inside the 20 against Northwestern ... Punted six times for 230 yards, with a long of 50 and two punts downed inside the 20 at No. 1 Ohio State ... Had a long of 56 and one downed inside the 20 against No. 5 Wisconsin ... Punting six times for 246 yards at Indiana, an average of 41.0 - including a 59-yarder and a 53-yarder - with two downed inside the 20 and one touchback ... Punted three times at Syracuse with all three downed inside the 20.

    2006 (Freshman): Member of University of Utah football team ... Joined the Illinois team during 2007 spring practice.

    High School: Played both football and soccer at Wauconda High School ... Averaged 44 yards per punt and kicked a career-long field goal of 47 yards ... Eighty percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks ... Earned first-team All-Midwest honors by kicking.com ... Named to All-Area and All-Conference teams in football and soccer ... In soccer, helped lead his team to its first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16 ... In two years, he totaled 22 goals and 33 assists.

    Personal: Full name is Anthony Joseph Santella ... Son of Gene and Karen Santella ... Born March 6, 1988 ... Earned bachelor's degree in sport management in summer 2010.


    Career Highs:

    Punts: 9 vs. Western Illinois, 9/8/07
    Yardage: 358 vs. Michigan State, 10/10/09
    Average: 50.8 vs. Southern Illinois, 9/11/10
    Long Punt: 67 vs. Northern Illinois, 9/18/10
    Inside 20: 4 at Purdue, 10/24/09
    Touchbacks: 3 at Michigan, 11/6/10
    Tackles: 1 vs. Baylor, 12/29/10


    Santella's Statistics:

    Season Totals Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Year solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    2007 1 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    2008 1 2 3 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    2009 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    2010 0 1 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    TOTALS 2 1 5 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0

    Season Totals Punting Field Goals Kickoffs
    Year no. yds avg long blkd tb fc 50+ in20 m-a long blkd no. yds avg tb ob
    2007 64 2410 37.7 59 0 5 13 5 17 0-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2008 53 2088 39.4 56 1 5 8 7 13 0-0 0 0 1 34 34.0 0 0
    2009 63 2600 41.3 65 1 5 19 11 16 0-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2010 64 2866 44.8 67 0 10 9 18 15 0-0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    TOTALS 244 9964 40.8 67 2 25 49 41 61 0-0 0 0 1 34 34.0 0 0



    Santella's Game-By-Game Statistics Get Acrobat Reader

    (updated 5/20/11)

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