Through seven games this season, Tommy Sanders (El Dorado, Kan./Butler Community College) has 45 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, six pass breakups and an interception -- solid numbers for an outside linebacker.
What the junior college standout is most excited about, however, is how his play has assisted in the success of his team. Butler is 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the latest NJCAA poll. On Saturday, the Grizzlies throttled then-No. 19 Garden City (Kan.) Community College 84-13, and Sanders had five tackles, 1.5 sacks, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
“As of now, we’re in season, so my focus is on the team,” Sanders said. “I just love being here, becoming a complete team and a complete player. It’s been great to be here and prepare for the next level.”
Sanders, a 6-foot-2, 217-pound outside linebacker who is originally from Cordele, Ga., has several offers, from the likes of Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Baylor and USF. Last week, Florida State joined the party and extended a scholarship.
“They have a nice program,” Sanders said of the Seminoles. “I like what they have going. I can see myself going there. Hopefully, I can take a visit and see from there.”
Sanders said that, while his focus is on leading his team to a juco national championship, once it’s time to narrow his FBS choices he’ll look for a program that has camaraderie and an overall environment similar to what he has found at Butler, as well as a tendency of winning.
“I want a place that has a good tradition and plays good football,” he said. “I want to go somewhere where you will take much off the field and on the field and be productive with both. It’s got to be a nice fit, a place where I feel like home.”