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Bob Sanders
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Bob Sanders

Hometown:
Erie, PA

High School:
Cathedral Prep HS

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 202

Position:
Defensive Back

Birthdate:
02/24/1981

2004 Draft . . . Drafted in second round by Indianapolis.

Hawk-Items - - Underwent arthroscopic surgery on foot following opening win over Miami and missed next three games . . . One of five seniors selected to team Leadership council for 2003 season . . . recorded 348 career tackles to rank seventh on career tackle chart . . . led the nation in forced fumbles (six) and led the Big Ten in recovered fumbles (three) . . . his 25 tackles vs. Indiana in 2001 ranks as the fourth-best single game total ever at Iowa . . . first team pre-season all-America by The Sporting News . . . named to pre-season watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given annually to the nation?s top defensive player . . . named to pre-season watch lists for Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Year . . . pre-season third team all-American by Athlon Sports . . . given name is Demond, but goes by Bob.

2003 Honors - - First team pre-season all-America by The Sporting News . . . named to pre-season watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, given annually to the nation?s top defensive player . . . named to pre-season watch lists for Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Year . . . pre-season third team all-American by Athlon Sports . . . Second team all-America by the Associated Press . . . first team all-Big Ten . . . Permanent Team Captain, defense . . . Most Valuable Player, defense . . . Hayden Fry ?Extra Heartbeat? Award, defense . . . Coaches Appreciation Award, special teams . . . co-Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his play in 40-22 win over Minnesota . . . selected to participate in Senior Bowl, but did not play in game after suffering foot injury in practice for the contest . . .2003 - - listed as first team strong safety following spring practice . . . saw action in opening win over Miami, but was not in starting line-up due to missed practice time during pre-season . . . recorded five solo tackles and two assists . . . missed three games due to foot surgery . . . returned to action at Michigan State, recording five sol tackles, two assists and one pass break-up . . . started for the first time this season in win over Michigan, recording six solo tackles, one assist and a pass break-up . . . recorded five solo tackles and five assists at Ohio State, including two tackles for loss and one pass break-up . . . recorded four solo tackles and two assists in win over Penn State . . . also had a tackle for loss and a pass break-up . . .caused two fumbles vs. PSU, with the first being returned 47 yards to set up Iowa?s first touchdown of the game . . . recorded first career touchdown in win over Illinois, returning fumble recovery three yards for a score . . . also had two solo tackles, one assist, a forced fumble and a pass break-up in win over the Illini . . . recorded six solo tackles and one assist at Purdue . . . collected a season-high 16 tackles (10 solo, six assists) in win over Minnesota, earning Big Ten Conference defensive Player of the Week honors . . . had three forced fumbles (one on special teams) to take over the Big Ten lead in that category . . . recorded two tackles for loss, one QB sack, one QB pressure and one fumble recovery, with that recovery and forced fumble coming at the Iowa one-yardline to stop a Minnesota scoring threat . . . recorded two solo tackles and five assists in win over Minnesota, along with one tackle for loss, one pass break-up, one fumble recovery and a pass interception . . . two turnovers in the second half both came near midfield to assist Iowa?s field position and fumble recovery came on punt coverage . . . recorded three solo tackles in 37-17 Outback Bowl win over Florida . . . 2002 Honors - - fourth team all-America by The Sporting News . . . first team all-Big Ten . . . Hustle Team Award, defense . . . 2002 - - key member of Iowa defense that ranked fifth in the nation in rushing defense (81.9) . . . started 12 of 13 games at strong safety, missing Utah State due to injury . . . six solo tackles and one assist in win over Akron, plus two forced fumbles, one QB sack, one QB pressure and one pass break-up . . . seven solo tackles, two assists and one pass break-up in win at Miami . . . six solo tackles, two assists and one pass break-up vs. Iowa State . . . also recovered an Iowa fumble after an interception and had a 32-yard fumble return that helped end an ISU scoring threat . . . did not play in win over Utah State due to injury . . . four solo tackles and five assists in win at Penn State . . . one solo tackle and two assists in win over Purdue . . . blocked field goal attempt in win over Purdue was returned 85 yards for an Iowa touchdown . . . also had a 15-yard interception return before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury . . . eight solo tackles and two assists in win over Michigan State, with a pass interception and two pass break-ups . . . 12 solo tackles and four assists in win at Indiana . . . five solo tackles, one pass break-up and one forced fumble in win at Michigan . . . forced fumble came on punt coverage and led to touchdown that gave Iowa a 17-9 advantage in the third quarter . . . recorded four solo tackles, two assists and one pass break-up in win over Wisconsin as Iowa held Badgers to 78 rushing yards and 215 yards total offense . . . four solo tackles, three assists and two pass break-ups in win over Northwestern . . . two solo tackles and seven assists in win at Minnesota as defense held top rushing team in Big Ten Conference to 80 net rushing yards . . . also recorded one forced fumble and had two pass break-ups . . . led team with 13 tackles vs. Southern Cal in Orange Bowl, including nine solo tackles and four assists . . . also recorded two pass break-ups . . . 2001 Honors - - co-Most Valuable Player . . .first team all-Big Ten by league coaches . . . earned team Hustle Award for defense . . . Bronko Nagurski national and Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his play in Iowa?s 42-28 win over Indiana . . . 2001 - - started all 11 games he played at strong safety . . . missed Miami, OH game due to injury . . . led team in total tackles with 122, including 78 solo stops and 44 assists . . . recorded six tackles for loss and one QB sack . . . led team with four interceptions for 24 yards, collected 12 pass break-ups, three QB pressures and one forced fumble . . . ranked fifth in the Big Ten in interceptions (four) and sixth in the Big Ten in tackles per game (11.1) . . . ranked 27th in the nation in solo tackles per game (6.9) and 30th nationally in total tackles per game, for the regular season . . .one solo tackle and two assists vs. Kent State in limited action, and he did not play the following week due to an ankle injury. . . seven solo tackles and four assists in win over Penn State, including two tackles for loss, one QB sack and one QB pressure . . . 10 solo tackles and five assists at Purdue, including three tackles for loss and three pass break-ups . . . first career interception came at Purdue and his 19-yard return set up Iowa touchdown in the second half . . . six solo tackles, four assists and a pass break-up at Michigan State . . . record-setting game in win over Indiana with 14 solo tackles and 11 assists . . . four solo tackles and two assists vs. Michigan, along with two pass break-ups and second interception of the season . . . six solo tackles and three assists at Wisconsin, including one tackle for loss and a QB pressure . . . four solo tackles and three assists at Northwestern, along with third interception, a QB pressure and one pass break-up . . . nine solo tackles and two assists in win over Minnesota, plus one pass break-up . . . eight solo tackles and six assists at Iowa State, with one pass break-up . . . nine solo tackles and two assists in Alamo Bowl win over Texas Tech . . . had two pass break-ups and had an interception in the Iowa endzone on the final play of the game to secure the victory . . .2000 Honors - - honorable mention all-Big Ten . . . 2000 - - saw extensive action on special teams throughout the season . . . earned first career start in the secondary vs. Wisconsin and started remaining three games . . . 42 solo tackles and 10 assists, with two forced fumbles, three tackles for loss and a pass break-up . . . three tackles vs. Kansas State . . . two tackles vs. Western Michigan and Iowa State . . . one tackle at Nebraska and Indiana . . . four tackles and a forced fumble in win over Michigan State . . . three solo tackles and one assist vs. Ohio State . . . started for the first time vs. Wisconsin and recorded 11 solo tackles and one assist, including one tackle for loss . . . forced Wisconsin fumble on first punt return of the game, which was recovered by Iowa . . . five solo tackles and three assists vs. Penn State, including one tackle for loss . . . 11 solo tackles and one assists in win over Northwestern, including one tackle for loss and a QB sack . . . three solo tackles and one pass break-up at Minnesota before leaving the game in the third quarter with a concussion.

High school honors - - Earned first team all-state honors as a senior and third team recognition as a junior . . . first team all-conference as a junior and senior . . . team captain as a senior . . . Career - - rushed for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns as a running back, helping team post 13-1 record and advance to state championship game.

Personal - - Born 2/24/81 . . . African American world studies major . . . one of three players from Erie on Iowa roster . . . attended same high school as WR Ed Hinkel . . . parents are Jean and Marion Sanders . . . high school coach was Mike Mischler.

Sanders's Defense Stats

Year Solo Ast. Total T/Loss Sacks Int.-Yds. PBU QBU FF RF-Yds-TD BLK
Freshman 42 10 52 3/10 1/7 0-0 1 1 2 0-0-0 0
Sophomore 78 44 122 6/14 1/7 4-24 12 3 1 0-0-0 1
Junior 68 34 102 1/4 1/4 2-15 12 1 4 1-32-0 1
Senior 48 24 72 6/18 1/3 1-0 6 1 6 2-3-1 0
Total 236 112 348 16/46 4/21 7-39 31 6 13 2-3-1 1
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