May 14, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Former Cal Poly linebacker Chris Santini has signed a contract with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.
"Time to get after it!! Can't wait to get on the field again and start competing," Santini wrote on his Twitter page.
The 6-1, 225-pound Santini led the Mustangs in tackles during the 2016 season with 106 stops, including 68 solo tackles. He also notched 12.5 tackles for lost yardage, 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries en route to the team's most valuable defensive player award and first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors.
A transfer from Boise State following the 2014 season, playing mostly on special teams, Santini earned nine total tackles as a backup linebacker and special teams player at Cal Poly in 2015. He was named Cal Poly's most valuable special teams player and earned All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention praise.
A graduate of Leland High School in San Jose, Calif., Santini played in the New Era Bowl in Osaka, Japan, last July and participated in Cal Poly's Pro Day in March.
Two other former Mustang linebackers — Burton De Koning and Cameron Ontko — were on the Ottawa Redblacks in recent years.
In addition, two members of last year's team are on National Football League teams. Defensive end Caleb Melton (pictured below at left) accepted a tryout offer with the Green Bay Packers while slot back Kyle Lewis (pictured below at right) signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Detroit Lions.