2013 Kentucky Wildcats Football Preview: Meet #4 Raymond Sanders / #5 Ashely Lowery

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Nov 3, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats running back Raymond Sanders (4) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

#4 RAYMOND SANDERS, RB
SR 5’8, 199
Stone Mountain, GA

BEFORE UK

Sanders came to UK with high expectations as he was the #15 best all-purpose back by Rivals out of high school. Sanders put up gaudy numbers as a senior at Stephenson High School, averaging more than 10 yards a carry and rushed for 1604 yards and 25 touchdowns. Even though he was slight in size, Sanders’s ran like a larger back and drew comparisons to former Wildcat Rafael Little. Sanders was also a threat as a kick returner and had the ability to break every play into a big gain.

AS A WILDCAT

Sanders led UK in rushing last season with 669 yards and scored 5 TDs. Probably the most impressive stat last year was the fact that he averaged 5.4 yards a carry with UK’s offensive woes. Sanders also caught 18 passes for 111 yards and averaged 22.3 yards per kick return. Sanders also figured heavily into Kentucky’s two wins last year. He had 115 yards with a career high 67 yard run versus Kent State and a career high 123 yard outing versus Samford.

Sanders became the 33rd member of UK’s “1000 yard club” against Samford. For his career, Samford has 1078 yards rushing and 8 rushing TD’s. He has also caught 39 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown. Even though the UK backfield will be more crowded, don’t count out Sanders to get his share of carries in 2013.

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