Get your tickets for Colorado's clash against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, September 9th. Excitement is at an all-time...
- Written by Ed Staton
- Published: 02 Sep 2023
Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders has emerged as a Heisman Trophy Candidate early in the 2023 season. Sanders directed the Buffaloes to an upset 45-42 upset of No. 17 TCU while passing for a school-record 510 yards and 4 TDs. Although Sanders did not receive much Heisman Hype entering the 2023 campaign, voters for college football's top individual award are sure to have him on their radar screen.
Sanders Excitement is Bolder Now that He is in Boulder!
Followers of FBS football may be surprised at the meteoric play demonstrated by Colorado QB Shedeur Sanders in his first FBS game. But the 4-touchdown performance against TCU actually mirrors the tremendous stats and effort the son of Coach Deion Sanders delivered at Jackson State. In the past two seasons, Sanders led the Tigers to consecutive SWAC championships while passing for a combined 6,963 yards and 70 Touchdowns.
Sanders Played Like a Tiger
Before transferring to Colorado, Shedeur Sanders was a championship quarterback and award-winner at Jackson State.
Sanders led Jackson State to SWAC championships in 2021 and 2022. Sanders was named the SWAC Freshman of the Year in 2021 and the conference's Player of the Year in 2022.
Sanders was named the Jerry Rice Award Winner in 2021. That trophy is presented to he most outstanding freshman player in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
In 2022, Sanders was named the Deacon Jones Trophy. It is presented to the most outstanding all-around collegiate American football player of the year among teams from historically black colleges and universities
State Champion in High School
Sanders played high school football in Texas and led Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill, who led his high school football teams to a pair of Division II state championships. With an impressive record of 27-1 over two seasons, he caught the attention of numerous college programs, including Alabama, Florida, FSU, and Georgia. However, instead of heading to those powerhouses, he chose to follow in his father's footsteps and join his new team in Jackson, Mississippi, where his father, who is known as Coach Prime, took over the coaching reins at Jackson State.