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#95 – A Look Back (Darius Sanders)

  • Position
  • Alma Mater
  • Grad Year
  • Number
  • Defensive End
  • Lynwood HS (CA)
  • 2002
  • 95

With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #95, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Darius Sanders. Sanders is the last player to don the #95 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.

Sanders stared at Lynwood High School in Los Angeles, Calif. He stared as on the football field and the hardwood as a two-sport letterer. He played both sides of the ball in football as a tight end/wide receiver and a defensive end. As a senior, Sanders totaled 412 yards and six touchdowns on offense and recorded 63 tackles (25 unassisted, 38 assisted) with 15 tackles for loss (10.5 of which were sacks) and six forced fumbles and three recoveries.

Sanders joined the Ducks in 2002, but did not play in any games his freshman season. However, he did participate in spring drills, including the Spring Game when he finished with one tackle.

In 2003, Sanders appeared in four games despite changing positions and playing on one of the best defensive lines in school history. Former Oregon greats Devan Long, Matt ToeainaIgor Olshansky and Haloti Ngata were in the rotation. Sanders finished the season with five tackles and one tackle for loss for six yards in a 55-16 blowout loss to Washington State.

Sanders saw limited action in 2004 but was on the field for 24 plays in a loss to Oklahoma, a team that went on the lose to USC in the National Championship Game.

His best season came as a senior in 2005 when he appeared in 11 games, including appearing in over 70 plays four different times. He fueled a spark in the win over Washington State with an interception for a touchdown. Oregon went on to win 10 games in 2005 and played in the Holiday Bowl.

He was one of the most athletic and versatile players with the Ducks. He had a squat of 455 lbs, a bench press of 375 lbs and a 4.94 40-yard dash. His versatility eventually landed him on the San Francisco 49ers roster despite going undrafted.

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