Thursday, May 2, 2013
Burnt Orange Breakdown: Kendall Sanders
By Carter Strickland
During the summer, HornsNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Texas roster -- excluding the Longhorns' 2013 recruiting class -- in our Burnt Orange Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
From No. 1 Mike Davis to No. 99 Desmond Jackson, HornsNation is evaluating the Texas roster numerically. View the entire Burnt Orange Breakdown series.
Expectations for 2013: Sanders could flourish in Texas’ new spread offense. He has long arms, goes up and meets the ball and some speed to boot. But his status is somewhat up in the air because of a DUI he received in College Station last month. He is currently suspended from the team but in all likelihood will be back, if not for the opener then soon after. Sanders had just two catches last season. He should be a 30-catch player in 2013.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Sanders gets his legal issues cleared up and continues to build on what he showed in the spring. Sanders became the third option at receiver in the spring and showed the coaches he has the skills to make the plays they want in the passing game. He is particularly skilled inside the 20-yard line and very good on fades in the end zone.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Sanders needs to stay stride for stride with Cayleb Jones or he could get pushed aside. There are only going to be so many catches to go around and coaches are not going to waste time working the ball to Sanders if Jones and others prove to be more consistent in what they do. All the young receivers will have to make an impact quickly or play with the fear that they might soon get passed over for another option.
Future impact: Sanders, with a solid season in 2013, should become a steady contributor for Texas through 2015. As a junior and senior he could emerge as one of the top threats on the team.