James Sanders
James  Sanders

Porterville, Calif.

High School:

Fresno State: One of the top safeties on the West Coast ... though just a junior, he is giving all indications that he could wind up the best at his position in program history ... should be a huge factor in the team's defensive fortunes this year ... has football intelligence beyond his years ... is one of the stars on the Fresno State defense ... makes big plays and has a knack for being around the football. (2003) Only sophomore to make the All-WAC first team on defense ... played in all 14 games, making 10 starts ... led the team with 93 tackles and made 8.5 tackles for a loss ... recorded two sacks and two interceptions as well as four quarterback hurries ... blocked two kicks during the regular season and is always a threat to do so ... has totaled 175 total tackles in his two years with the Bulldogs ... has continued what has been a very strong lineage at strong safety at Fresno State. In recent years, the team has suited up Vernon Fox (currently of the San Diego Chargers) and Bryce McGill (third in program history in tackles) at that position. (2002) Played in all 14 games, starting 11 ... named first-team Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-American ... finished second on the team with 82 tackles and fifth with nine tackles for loss ... had two interceptions and nine pass breakups ... came up big in the victory over Georgia Tech in the Silicon Valley Football Classic, posting six tackles, including a sack ... also had an interception against the Yellow Jackets ... had three sacks ... had a career-high 12 tackles against Rice ... had a big game against Colorado State, making five tackles, including three for loss, in the Bulldogs' victory over the 22nd-ranked Rams. He also helped break up CSU's two-point conversion in the closing seconds, preserving the win ... honored at the Kiwanis Torch of Excellence dinner. (2001) Redshirted.

High School: Set a school record with 106 tackles and six interceptions last season ... named to the Fresno Bee All-Star first-team defensive squad ... a two-time first-team All-East Yosemite League selection ... had 22 tackles for losses and was named the MVP of the league ... also played receiver, running back and returned punts and kicks ... also blocked three punts ... a team captain and team MVP.

Personal: Born Nov. 11, 1983 ... parents' names are Kathy and Keith Thompson ... has seven siblings ... enjoys playing basketball and Playstation 2 ... favorite player is former San Francisco 49ers safety Ronnie Lott because he hit hard ... chose Fresno State because it is a program on the rise ... also recruited by USC, UCLA and Oregon State.



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