#41 David Santos
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Spring, Texas
High School: Klein Collins
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Honors & Awards
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2012)
» Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week (vs. Michigan, 2012)

2014 Outlook
David Santos was a key part of the improvement made by the Nebraska linebacking corps during the 2013 season. The youthful group struggled early in the season, but Santos’ continued development was a major key to Nebraska featuring one of the Big Ten’s best defenses in conference play.

Santos began the season as Nebraska’s starting MIKE linebacker, but later settled into a more comfortable starting role at the WILL spot. Santos played in all 13 games and made 10 starts on the year, including the final six games at the WILL linebacker position. Santos was second on the team with 87 tackles, including 48 solo stops, and also had seven tackles for loss and two sacks.

Santos’ versatility gives him an excellent chance of playing a key role again in 2014. He and fellow returnees Zaire Anderson, Josh Banderas and Michael Rose give Nebraska flexibility throughout the linebacking corps.

2013 (Sophomore)
Santos made four starts at middle linebacker in the first half of the season, before starting the final six games on the outside. Santos made at least eight tackles in five games, including a pair of double-figure tackle games.

He opened the year with 12 tackles in just his second career start against Wyoming. Santos came off the bench the next two games before making six tackles, including his first career sack, against South Dakota State.

Santos had nine tackles from his spot in the middle against Illinois and led the team with five tackles at Purdue, including four solo stops. Santos led the Huskers with a career-high 13 tackles at Minnesota, including seven solo stops. Against Northwestern, Santos had six tackles, including a tackle for loss, and added his first career breakup.

Santos started at WILL linebacker at Michigan and made five tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss, to help limit the Wolverines to -21 yards rushing. He tied for the team lead with eight tackles and two tackles for loss against Michigan State, then led NU with nine tackles and a key sack at Penn State. Santos capped the year with six tackles in the Gator Bowl win over Georgia.

2012 (Redshirt Freshman)
Santos played in 13 games making his first career start against Michigan. He made 24 tackles, including 11 solo stops and three tackles for loss. Santos had a season-high 10 tackles and a tackle for loss against Michigan, earning Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors for his effort. He made four tackles and a TFL against Penn State and forced a fumble to prevent a Nittany Lion touchdown in the fourth quarter. Santos made three tackles each against Arkansas State and Northwestern.

2011 (Redshirt) 
Santos sat out as a redshirt in his first season in 2011.

Before Nebraska (Klein Collins HS)
Santos was a standout at Klein Collins High School, and was one of five Texans in the Huskers’ 2011 signing class. Santos’ play helped Collins High to an 11-1 record and district championship in 2010, before a loss in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Santos was a key part of the success of Coach Drew Svoboda’s team, as Santos racked up 136 total tackles in 2010, including 86 solo stops. He also had 13 tackles for loss, six sacks and a pair of pass breakups. Santos earned District 13 Defensive MVP honors for his efforts and was also the Houston Touchdown Club’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a first-team Class 5A all-state selection according to He participated in the Offense-Defense All-America Game in South Carolina following his strong senior season.

Santos made 107 total tackles, including 75 solo stops, 25 tackles for loss and had four sacks for a 12-1 team in 2009. Overall, Santos was a four-year letterwinner for the Tigers. He was a prep teammate of Husker safety Charles Jackson.

Santos was ranked among the nation’s top 15 outside linebackers by, which also ranked him among the top 40 overall players in Texas. Santos committed to NU early and did not take any other visits, but had a host of offers, including Arkansas, Kansas and Utah.

Santos was born on June 22, 1992, and is the son of Rosalind and David Santos Sr. He is an ethnic studies major. Santos has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Belmont Rec Center and Husker Heroes.
Santos' Career Statistics























2012 13/1 11
24 2-4 0.0-0 1-0 0 0
0 0


13/10 48 39 87 7-16 2.0-9 0-0 0 2 0 2


26/11 59 52 111 9-20 2.0-9 1-0 0 2 0 2

Single-Game Highs
Tackles –
13 at Minnesota (2013)
Solo Tackles – 7 at Minnesota (2013)
Tackles for Loss –
2 at Michigan (2013), vs. Michigan State (2013)
Sacks – 1.0-8 vs. SDSU (2013), 1.0-1 at Penn State (2013)