23 Stephon Sanders
Stephon Sanders

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mesquite, Texas

High School:
Horn

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 250

Position:
LB

Experience:
SR-3L


Junior (2013): Played and started in all 12 games... Third on the team in tackles with 86, including 47 (second on the team) solo... First on the team with 13.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks... Had one interception for 35 yards and had a pass breakup to finish with two passes defended... Forced his first two career fumbles (Temple and UCF) and recorded SMU's only safety of the season (Montana State)... Had double digit tackles twice (Montana State and at Cincinnati), including a career-high 11 at Montana State.

Sophomore (2012): Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts... Has 48 tackles on the season, including 5.5 TFL... Had a pick six, returning the ball 36 yards, in the win over Houston... Notched five pass breakups... Part of an SMU defense that posted two shutouts, tied an NCAA season record for pick-sixes, and tied for third in the country in total takeaways and second in fumble recoveries for TDs... Awarded the No. 23 by coaches, given annually to a deserving student-athlete on the SMU football team to honor Jerry LeVias, the first African-American scholarship recipient in the SWC.

Freshman (2011): Played in 12 games, making five starts late in the year... Has 26 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and three sacks... Had two pass breakups in the regular season finale... Had a season-high five stops and a sack in his first career start against Tulane... Notched a spectacular interception in the BBVA Compass Bowl win.

Prep: A three-star Rivals.com, ESPN.com and FoxSports.com recruit... Rated by Rivals as the No. 36 defensive end in the nation... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team and TheOldCoach.com's All-Area squad... Named to MaxPreps.com's Texas Top 300... Ranked No. 64 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100 list... Registered 77 tackles (53 solo), 11 tackles for loss and four sacks during his senior season... As a junior, recorded 57 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups and a forced fumble... A two-time All-District selection... Named Academic All-State... Also played baseball and basketball... Held 15 offers, including ones from Arkansas, Duke, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.