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Daniel Sanders
Player Profile:
Daniel Sanders 11722
Position: Center
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 315
Year: Senior
City/State: Vista, Calif.
High School: El Camino
Experience: 3 Letters


AT COLORADO: 2008 (Sr.)— He started all 12 games, running his streak to 36 in a row to end his career (and started 40 overall).  He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches, and was named first-team All-Colorado by the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation.  He played all 843 snaps on offense (and all 49 on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams), grading out 80 percent or better in 11 games and 90 percent or better in five (high grade of 96 percent against Kansas State).  He was second on the team in knockdown blocks with 60.5 (high of 11 versus Florida State), with a team-best six touchdown blocks.  He allowed just one sack on the season and was flagged for just one penalty.  He earned CU’s lineman of the week award for his play against West Virginia.  He was the recipient of the school’s Regiment Award, given to the player who made the greatest contribution with the least recognition, and was among the inaugural group to receive a Gold Group Commitment Award.  He was also named one of four team captains in a vote by his teammates near the end of fall camp.  He was once again on the Dave Rimington Award official watch list, one of 43 preseason candidates that vied for the nation’s top center honor.  Phil Steele’s College Football selected him to its preseason fourth-team All-Big 12 squad, and ranked him as the No. 27 center in the nation. 


2007 (Jr.)—He started all 13 games including the Independence Bowl at center, playing 883 snaps in the regular season—all but 10 of the team’s 893 total—and all 68 in the bowl game against Alabama.  He led the team in knockdown blocks with 88.5 and tied for the team lead with five touchdown blocks; he did not allow a quarterback sack, allowed only five pressures and was called for just two penalties in grading out to 80 percent or higher eight times in 12 games.  He peaked at 90 percent or higher three times, including a top game grade of 91 percent at Iowa State.  His 14.5 knockdown blocks at Texas Tech were a team single-season high, and he had 10 or more three times.  The only 10 snaps he did not play came late in the blowout win over Miami, otherwise he was in for every play during the conference season.  The coaches tabbed him as the Offensive Player of the Week for the Miami game and the Lineman of the Week for the Baylor game.  He was one of 54 players on the official watch list for the Dave Rimington Award, which honors the nation’s top center.


2006 (Soph.)—He started 11 games, missing the season opener with Montana State due to a hamstring injury.  He played all but six snaps the remainder of the year after the opener, as he was in for 655 on the season, the third most on the team.  He allowed the fewest sacks (1) and pressures (3) of all the offensive linemen.  He added another 37 snaps on CU’s field goal/PAT unit.  He bulked up some 20 pounds over his playing weight of 285-290 as a redshirt frosh.


2005 (Fr.-RS)—He played in 10 games, including four starts, missing two games with a partially torn hamstring in the middle of the year (Texas, Kansas).  He also missed the Champs Sports Bowl against Clemson due to a severe knee sprain he suffered December 16 in bowl practices; the same injury hampered him a bit late in the year but he played through it.  The Sporting News selected him to its Freshman All-Big 12 team.  He played in nine games on offense, seeing action for 420 snaps, along with another 46 snaps on the field goal/PAT unit on special teams.  He graded out to 2.49 for the season on a 0-4 point per play scale, with a high game grade of 2.74 versus Missouri.  In getting his feet wet so-to-speak collegiately, he had two knockdown blocks, two touchdown blocks (tying for the team lead), he allowed five pressures and three sacks and was called for one penalty.


2004 (Fr.)—Redshirted; he did not see any action but practiced as an offensive lineman the entire fall.  He was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for the Texas A&M game as selected by the coaching staff.


HIGH SCHOOL—A three-year letterman, he played all three positions on the offensive line during his prep career.  He played both guard and center as a senior, when he led his team with 112 pancake blocks, as well as in cut blocks and big hits by an offensive lineman.  He did not allow a quarterback sack, and the only penalty he was called for was an illegal procedure for rolling the ball over to grab the laces to snap it.  As a junior, he played tackle in starting the five games he played in, but he missed seven others with a broken bone in his foot.  He played guard as a sophomore, ascending into the starting lineup for the last three games of the year.  Top games his senior year came in a 31-24 win over Valley Center, when he had 15 pancakes and three touchdown blocks in helping his team rush for 430 yards, and in a 29-28 loss to Carlsbad, when he switched off between center and guard the entire game in piling up 14 pancakes.  El Camino was 3-7 his senior year, 6-6 his junior season and 7-4 his sophomore campaign under coach Herb Meyer.  He lettered four times in track, participating in throws (career best of 50-1 in the shot put and 130-0 in the discus).  He was seventh in the CIF meet in the shot put as a junior.


ACADEMICS—He graduated with his degree in Ethnic Studies in May 2008.  A two-time member of the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team as a junior and senior as well as a consistent member of the honor roll in high school with a 3.21 grade point average.


PERSONAL—He was born February 3, 1986 in Oceanside, Calif.  Hobbies include playing basketball, working out and going to the beach.  A cousin (Kurt Rubin) played football at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.



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