|High School:||Centennial HS|
Honors & Awards
2016 Southern Conference Player of the Week (May 9)
2017 (Football): Appeared in three games as a reserve...totaled nine rushes for 22 yards...caught one pass for four yards...had four carries for 13 yards against VMI (42-10 win).
2017 (Baseball): Did not participate due to ongoing rehabilitation efforts associated with a knee injury sustained in late summer of 2016.
2016 (Football): Sustained torn knee ligaments in a preseason football workout, sidelining him for the season.
2016 (Baseball): An early spring addition to the program who proved to be a key performer over the final six weeks of the campaign as the Paladins’ starting first baseman following a season ending injury to Brandon Elmy...saw action in eight early season contests and made five starts, including four at third base, before beginning spring football practice, which took him away from baseball for a month (Mar. 14-April 12)...went 2-for-5 and scored a run in a 9-8, 11-inning victory over Presbyterian at Fluor Field (Feb. 21)...in first game back (Apr. 13) following spring football, and serving as the designated hitter, went 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 10-8 victory over PC in Clinton...earned his first of 22 starts at first base against South Carolina (0-for-4, RBI) at Fluor Field (Apr. 20)...went on to hit .250 with six home runs and 16 RBI over the final 23 games...displayed a superb glove and range during the stretch, fielding at a .994 rate with only one error in 178 total chances...belted his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot, at Mercer (8-4 loss)...in a four-game stretch in early May went 8-for-14 (.571) with three home runs, a double, seven RBI, and six runs scored in helping Furman claim a series victory over eventual SoCon Tournament champion Western Carolina at Latham Stadium...slugged 1.286 in the four-game stretch and reached base successfully in 10 consecutive plate appearances to garner SoCon Player of the Week on May 9...belted a pair of home runs, including a three-run shot, that helped Furman erase a 4-0 deficit in an eventual 11-4 win over the Catamounts...followed that with a 3-for-3 performance, higlighted by his third round tripper of the series, that helped erase a 7-1 deficit on the way to a 9-8 series clinching victory...homered in Furman’s 5-1, series clinching victory over Wofford...cracked a 430-foot, two-run home run and scored three times in Furman’s 15-10, SoCon Tournament victory over UNCG at Fluor Field.
2015 (Football): Appeared in 10 games as a true freshman, contributing on special teams and at running back...saw his first action versus Virginia Tech...had a 28-yard pass completion in Furman’s 16-15 win over FBS foe Central Florida...also had carries against both Chattanooga and Western Carolina...credited with tackles against both Western Carolina and Wofford.
High School: 2015 graduate of Centennial (6A) High School...football coach was Brian Rector...versatile performer who registered action at running back, slot back, cornerback, free safety, strong safety, and linebacker...rushed for 3,500 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career...rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 24/7 Sports...three-time all-county and all-district selection...rushed for 1,343 yards and 18 touchdowns and also totaled 300 receiving yards and a score in 2014 in helping Centennial post a 10-3 record and state quarterfinal round playoff appearance...rushed 14 times for 104 yards and a score in Tennessee’s 8th Annual Toyota East-West All-Star Football Classic, where he teamed with fellow Paladin running back Triston Luke in leading the West squad to a 28-16 victory...was also invited to play in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Game...tallied 1,502 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior in 2013, including a 342-yard, three-touchdown performance in a 31-20 win over Brentwood High School...also played baseball.
Personal: Full name is Deon Isiah Sanders...born December 7, 1995, in Franklin, Tennessee...son of Deon and Tabitha Sanders...father played football at Columbia State and grandfather played at Ball State...communications major.