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Ace Sanders
Rec Yards TD
45 531 9
Team: South Carolina GamecocksHeight: 5-8 Born:
Position: WRWeight: 175 Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report
Leaving South Carolina following his junior season, Sanders hopes his punt returning prowess and versatility are enough to get him drafted. The Bradenton, Fla., native was the co-SEC special teams player of the year in 2012 after leading the conference and finishing fifth in the FBS with a 15.3-yard average on 28 punt returns. He also set a single-season school record with 429 yards on those punt returns and brought back two for touchdowns in a pair of important games. Sanders had a 63-yard return in an Outback Bowl victory over Michigan and caught a pair of scores to earn MVP honors. He had a career-best 70-yard punt return in a win over then-No. 5 Georgia on Oct. 6. Sanders also finished with a team-best 45 receptions for 531 yards and nine TDs in 2012. He had 99 receptions for 1,230 yards and 13 touchdowns in his three seasons. Sanders also passed for two TDs and averaged 6.0 yards on 12 rushing attempts. He was named to the all-SEC first team in 2012 as a return specialist and earned second-team honors as an all-purpose player. Sanders was invited to the NFL combine, finishing in the top 10 in the 60-yard shuttle (11.29 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.81). His father is Tracy Sanders, a former professional football player who had a short stint with the Buffalo Bills and played in the same defensive backfield as Hall of Famer Deion Sanders at Florida State.

Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2010 SC  14 1 1 100.0 3 3.0 1 0 - -
2011 SC  13 0 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2012 SC  13 1 2 50.0 16 8.0 1 0 0 0
Career   40 2 4 50.0 19 4.8 2 0 0 0

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2010 SC  14 5 56 11.2 0 25 316 12.6 2
2011 SC  13 4 15 3.8 0 29 383 13.2 2
2012 SC  13 3 1 0.3 0 45 531 11.8 9
Career   40 12 72 6.0 0 99 1230 12.4 13

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2010 SC  14 9 16 1.8 0 0 0 - 0
2011 SC  13 16 149 9.3 1 1 8 8.0 0
2012 SC  13 28 429 15.3 2 1 16 16.0 0
Career   40 53 594 11.2 3 2 24 12.0 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
8/30/2012 @ Vandy 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 13 6.5 0 7
9/8/2012 ECU 1 1 16 100.0 1 0 16 0 0 - 0 - 1 4 4.0 0 4
9/15/2012 UAB 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 55 13.8 1 25
9/22/2012 Mizzou 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 23 23.0 1 23
9/29/2012 @ Kty 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 1 1.0 0 1 4 15 3.8 1 6
10/13/2012 @ LSU 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 49 9.8 1 21
10/20/2012 @ Fla 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 32 16.0 0 20
10/27/2012 Tenn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 -3 -3.0 0 0 5 79 15.8 1 24
11/10/2012 Ark 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 1 15 15.0 0 15
11/17/2012 Wof 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 35 7.0 1 13
11/24/2012 @ Clem 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 1 3 3.0 0 3 6 119 19.8 1 36
1/1/2013 @ Mich 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 9 92 10.2 2 31