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Tanner Sanders always 'first to go in'

8/27/2012

Tanner Sanders never wants to leave the football field.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound athlete will start a game at quarterback but will also spend time at receiver. If one of his Corvallis (Ore.) Crescent Valley teammates needs a break on defense, the junior is the first player to sprint onto the field.

Show him the keys to the bus and he would volunteer to drive the Raiders home from road games.

“I don’t like standing on the sidelines and watching, so whenever someone needs a break, I’m always the first guy to go in,” Sanders said. “It’s nice being able to do that at all those positions.”

The top-rated 2014 recruit in Oregon, Sanders has high expectations heading into the 2012 season.

“I would like to try and get the conference player of the year and then a first-team all-state vote, whether that be at the athlete spot they give, the quarterback or receiver spot, just make it to a spot on the first-team all-state list,” Sanders said.

He has offers from Oregon State and San Diego State. He said both schools are recruiting him as an athlete. If he eventually commits to the hometown Beavers, he could end up at quarterback, receiver or bulking up to play tight end.

The Aztecs like him more as a receiver. After attending Texas’ camp, Sanders said the Longhorns liked him as a quarterback, while the Michigan coaching staff told him he was a better fit at receiver.

When asked what position he wants to play in college, Sanders said he plans to play wherever the coaches feel he fits once he selects a school.

“They’ll have a plan for me,” Sanders said.

After wrapping up two-a-days last week, Crescent Valley had its intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend. As Sanders prepares for the season, he wants to add a few more offers with a strong junior year. He is still hoping to land offers from Texas, Michigan, Stanford and the rest of the Pac-12.

He said he has yet to hear much from Washington, but that could change with a solid season.

When it comes to his college future, Sanders isn’t worried.

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said.