20  Sugar Sanders
Sugar Sanders


Coral Springs, FL

High School:
Coral Springs HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 210

Running Back

Enters fall camp as the Tiger's starter at tailback ... Tied Arron Meadows as the leading rusher in the spring ... Had 22 carries for 179 yards in spring scrimmages averaging over 8.1 yards per carry ...

2000: Was the Tigers' starter at tailback in 2000 ... Battled injuries to appear in 10 games ... Was the starter of record in nine of his 10 games ... After missing the season opener against Mississippi State he rushed for 43 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards in the Louisiana-Monroe game ... Had a team high 96 yards rushing in the Tigers' win over Arkansas State ... Had 73 yards rushing and one touchdown in leading the U of M to a win over Army ... Exploded for a season long 62-yard touchdown run against Army ... Re-injured his ankle and was able to play just one snap against Southern Miss ... Rushed for a career high 132 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' win over East Carolina ... Had 69-yards on the ground and scored one touchdown against Houston and had 59 yards rushing against Tennessee ... Totaled 122 yards and one touchdown in the Cincinnati game ... Had a 52-yard run in the Cincinnati game ... Finished the season with 167 carries for 646 yards and four touchdowns ... Had six pass receptions for 48 yards ...Was second on the team in total offense and in all-purpose yards with an average of 64.6 yards per game ... Was ranked seventh in Conference USA in rushing with an average of 64.6 yards per game ... Entered fall camp as the starter at tailback for the Tigers ... Had an impressive spring practice ... Received one of the Winter/Spring Performance Awards at the Blue-Gray game ... Was the leading rusher in the Blue-Gray game ... Had seven carries for 40 yards and one touchdown ... Score came on a 20-yard run ... Also caught three passes for 28 yards in the game ... Led all rushers in the spring with 64 carries for 201 yards ... Tallied five rushing touchdowns in the spring scrimmages ...

1999: Lettered as a tailback for the Tigers while working behind seniors Gerard Arnold and Teofilo Riley ... Was the Tigers' starter in two games during the season ... Was the team's third leading rusher in 1999 with 254 yards on 59 attempts ... Also scored his first two career touchdowns and caught his first collegiate pass during the 1999 campaign ... After seeing very limited duty in the first two games of the season, was named as the starter for the Arkansas State game ... Rushed 15 times for a season high 94 yards against the Indians and helped the Tigers to a win ... Had 11 carries against Missouri in a backup role and was named the starter for the UAB game after Arnold injured his ankle ... Rushed for 46 yards on eight attempts and scored one touchdown in the win over UAB ... Also caught his only pass of the season against the Blazers ... Gained 33 yards and scored his second touchdown as a Tiger in the 49-7 win over Tulane in the Superdome ... Finished the season with 46 yards rushing in the victory over Cincinnati ... For his play was named to the 1999 Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... Was able to recover from knee surgery and participate in most of the drills in spring practice ... Was held out of most contact work in the spring of 1999 ...

1998: Was redshirted in the fall of 1998 ... Had to sit out the season after major knee surgery in the summer of 1998 ... Was injured while working out with his younger brother on the University of Miami campus during the summer ... Had surgery on his ACL and spent the fall rehabilitating his knee ... Worked out as many as three times a day ...Arrived on the Memphis campus in January and participated in spring drills ... Was very impressive while working as a tailback with Gerard Arnold ... Rushed for 219 yards on 85 attempts in spring scrimmages ... Tallied six rushing touchdowns to tie with Arnold ... Gained 74 yards on 14 carries in the Blue-Gray game ...

Prep: Rushed for 1,367 yards in 1996 ... Scored 11 touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per carry ... Had eight games in which he rushed for over 100 yards and two games that he rushed for over 200 yards in 1996 ... Completed three-of-four pass attempts for 55 yards and one touchdown from his tailback position ... Had five pass receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown in 1996 ... Averaged 31.4 yards per reception ... Was named the team's offensive MVP during both his junior and senior seasons ... Was an All-Broward County selection as a running back in 1996 ... Rushed for over 800 yards as a junior and gained 264 yards rushing as a sophomore ... Played for coach Terry Dunn ...

Born: 5/3/78 ... Is the son of Nate and Rita Hope.

Sanders' Statistics

Rushing G/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
1999 10/2 59 254 4.3 2 28
2000 10/9 167 646 3.9 4 62
Total 20/11 226 900 4.0 6 62
Receiving G/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
1999 10/2 1 4 4.0 0 4
2000 10/9 6 48 8.0 0 17
Total 20/11 7 52 7.4 0 17
All-Purpose G/S Rush Recv PR KO Tot
1999 10/2 254 4 0 0 258
2000 10/9 646 48 0 0 694
Total 20/11 900 52 0 0 952

Sanders' Career Highs

Most Rushes/Game: 31 vs Arkansas State ('00)
Most Yards Rushing/Game: 132 vs East Carolina ('00)
Most Rushing Touchdowns/Game: 1 four times ('00)
Longest Run/Game: 62 vs Army ('00)
Most Pass Receptions/Game: 2 vs LA-Monroe ('00)
Most Yards Receiving/Game: 17 vs UAB ('00)
Long Reception: 17 vs UAB ('00)

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