2017 — Returned to the field after sitting out the 2016 season following knee surgery...saw limited action as a reserve in three games, rushing nine times for 22 yards...had four carries for 13 yards against VMI (42-10 win)...scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge to provide the winning points in a 16-10 white team victory in Furman’s 2018 Purple-White spring game...also returned to the baseball field in the spring, appearing in 18 games and making three starts...belted a two-run home run in his first start (at third base) in a 12-8 win over Central Connecticut State...cracked a pinch-hit two-run home run versus Western Carolina.
2016 — Sat out the entire season after sustaining a knee injury in the summer...did not participate in spring practice due to ongoing rehabilitation efforts...awarded a redshirt and extra year of eligibility.
2015 — Appeared in 10 games as a reserve, working primarily on special teams but also at running back...completed a 28-yard pass to set up a touchdown in a 16-15 win over UCF — Furman’s first victory over an FBS foe since 1999 (North Carolina)...caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from P.J. Blazejowski in spring game, helping the Purple squad to a 14-7 victory...joined Furman’s baseball team in the spring and played a key role in the Paladins’ strong second half run and 14-10, fourth place SoCon finish...hit .239 with six home runs and 19 RBI...made one start at second base, four at third base, and one at designated hitter before moving to first base, where he registered 22 starts following a season ending injury to Brandon Elmy...hit his first collegiate home run at Mercer (Apr. 22)...went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 7-6, 11-inning loss at Clemson and proceeded to hit .571 (8x14), belt three home runs, drive in seven runs, and score six runs en route to a series win over Western Carolina — five-game stretch netted him SoCon Player of the Week honors...belted a 418-foot home run in Furman’s 15-10, SoCon Tournament win over UNCG....fielded at a .994 clip at first base, making only one error in 149 total chances.
2015 Game-By-Game Summary
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.