Jock Sanders


Running Back


West Virginia


Jul 14th, 1987

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Sanders played 12 games and returned 48 punts for 506 yards (avg: 10.5, longest: 52) and 17 kickoffs for 298 yards (avg: 17.5, longest: 31). He returned four missed field goals for 201 yards (avg: 50.2, longest 121), including on July 12 against Toronto, when returned one 121 yards to set up a touchdown. He also rushed the ball 37 times for 161 yards and made 14 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. He was named special teams player of the week for Weeks 3 and 14. He was on the one-game injury list for five games (7, 8, 12, 14 and 17) and the reserve list for Game 11.


Sanders saw action in 12 regular-season games for Saskatchewan and accumulated 1,485 all-purpose yards. The total included 787 yards on 35 kickoff returns (an average of 22.5 yards per return), 505 yards on 64 punt returns (7.9-yard average), 78 rushing yards on 21 carries and 115 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions. The major came on a 23-yard catch against Calgary on Aug. 9. The kickoff-return and punt-return yardage totals were both career highs. Sanders played all three post-season games for the Riders including the Grey Cup, during which he accumulated 72 yards in punt returns. In the three games, he had 75 rushing yards, 126 punt-return yards and 119 kickoff-return yards. He also made three catches.


Sanders played in nine games before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Sept. 29. He amassed 975 all-purpose yards including 165 rushing, 228 receiving, 339 on kickoff returns and 243 on punt returns. He scored the first touchdown of his CFL career on a 20-yard reception against Hamilton on July 28. He recorded a career-high seven receptions on Sept. 29 against BC.


After attending training camp with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sanders signed with the BC Lions and saw action in one game — an Oct. 22 contest against Hamilton. He turned in an outstanding performance in his CFL debut, racking up 234 all-purpose yards including 161 yards on eight kickoff returns.