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2008 Team Captain
2008 Team Captain
2007 Team Rigman Outstanding Underclassman Leadership Award
Spring 2006 Team Most Improved Wide Receiver
Mizzou's Mr. Dependable who seems to get any job done at anytime he's asked ... In addition to his wide receiver duties, he is Mizzou's top holder for placekicks and is part of the hands team that guards against opponent onside kicks ... Will open fall camp at No. 1 on the depth chart at the Z-receiver position, where he has started 27 consecutive games over the past two years ... Is a sure-handed route runner who has a knack for finding open space and making the catch ... Highly-accomplished Missouri high school athlete who came to Mizzou as a walk-on wideout and earned a scholarship prior to the start of the 2005 season ... Don't let his initial walk-on status fool you - he's an outstanding athlete who has proven that he can make acrobatic catches with the best of them ... Is a "fitness freak," who had a goal of doing 100,000 push-ups in the 2006 calendar year - he met his goal and stopped with a final count of 100,084 to match his jersey number of 84 ... An accomplished basketball player in high school, he teamed with Josh Barbo and Austin Huff to win the football program's 2nd annual 3-on-3 hoop tournament held in the spring of 2006.
Won the team's underclassman leadership award for his season, which included a career-high 41 catches for 397 yards on the year, continuing to be as steady and dependable a performer as one could hope for, catching virtually everything he got his hands on ... Also took over primary place-holding duties for kicks, and did a flawless job of gelling with PK Jeff Wolfert, as Wolfert made an amazing combined 88-of-92 kicks for the year (21-of-25 FGs, 67-of-67 PATs) ... Even threw a couple of passes out of fake field goal plays, one of which went for a 10-yard 4th-quarter TD to TE Martin Rucker against Nebraska ... Made four receptions for 54 yards in season opener against Illinois ... Had a 28-yard reception in the second quarter on a key third down play that kept alive a drive which ended in a touchdown ... Caught his first TD of the year on 25-yard pass reception against Western Michigan ... Made four grabs for 38 yards against WMU ... Made two catches against Illinois State ... Also completed a 14-yard pass to Chase Coffman ... Caught three passes for 28 yards against Nebraska and capped the game's scoring with a 10-yard TD pass to Martin Rucker on a fake field goal ... Made two receptions for 18 yards against Oklahoma ... Had three receptions for 25 yards against Iowa State ... Made one catch for six yards against Colorado and had two grabs for 20 yards against Texas A&M ... Was second on the team with five grabs for 44 yards against Kansas State ... Caught eight passes for 82 yards (both career highs) against Kansas ... Caught six passes for 61 yards against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship ... Was 3-of-3 passing on the year.
Came into his own starting all 13 games at the Z-receiver spot, and posted career numbers, with 25 catches for 271 yards and 2 TDs ... Came on strong late in the year, as 22 of his 25 catches came in the last half of the season, including a career day at Iowa State that saw him record 7 receptions for 72 yards ... Included in those totals were 4 key receptions on MU's drive that would have won the game in the final seconds were it not for a holding call that negated a game winning TD by the Tigers ... Ended the regular season by making 3 catches against Kansas for 42 yards, and followed by catching 2 passes for 40 yards and 1 TD (on a pass from TE Chase Coffman) against Oregon State in the Sun Bowl ... Made 2 receptions at Texas A&M and had 6 catches for 51 yards against Kansas State ... The 51 yards against KSU doubled his season total, as he entered the game with 51 yards through the first 7 games ... Also threw his first career pass at A&M, taking a lateral and shoveling ahead to TE Chase Coffman for a gain of 11 yards ... Scored his 1st TD of the year (2nd career) against KSU ... Also emerged as MU's top punt returner, who returned his 1st career punt against CU for 41 yards to set up a key MU 3rd-quarter TD drive that essentially iced the game ... Had 11 punt returns on the year, and averaged a respectable 10.7 yards per attempt ... Had a 22-yard return early in the regular-season finale against KU that helped position Mizzou for an early score ... Had 3 punt returns of 19 yards or longer.
Made a nice contribution in his first year on the field, playing in all 12 games, and making 3 starts ... Made his 3 starts at the Z-receiver spot, taking over for Brad Ekwerekwu, who moved over in each game to the X-receiver position to take over for the injured Sean Coffey ... Caught 12 balls for 99 yards, including an important TD on the game-opening drive against Nebraska that helped set the tone for Mizzou's 41-24 win over the Huskers ... That catch was of the highlight-reel variety, as he dove to snag a deflected ball, catching it just inches off the ground for his first career score ... His biggest output came in that game against NU, as he had 2 catches for 23 yards, with the TD going for 15 ... Had 1 catch for 10 yards in the bowl game against South Carolina, but it was a very important grab he made on 3rd-and-8 near midfield to keep alive a Tiger drive that ended in a TD just before the half ... Had 2 catches each in games against Arkansas State, Troy and Iowa State, as well ... Ended the regular season by grabbing 1 pass for 16 yards at Kansas State, with the grab being a beautiful sliding catch to help keep alive a drive that ended in a TD for the Tigers ... Also tried his hand at returning kickoffs, and averaged 17.8 yards on 4 returns, with a long of 22 yards ... Had a solid spring practice period that saw him move up to No. 2 on the depth chart at the H-receiver position entering fall camp ... Led all receivers in the 2005 spring game with 6 catches for 60 yards ... Changed his jersey number to 84 in the spring, after wearing 81 the previous season.
Redshirt season ... Joined the team as a walk-on, and was a member of the offensive scout team.
An outstanding all-around athlete who helped lead his Kearney football team to a Class 4 state title as a senior, and then led his basketball team to a Class 4 state runner-up finish in the same year ... Was a 1st-Team All-State wide receiver and defensive back for Kearney, and was named the state's defensive player of the year by the coaches' association ... Football team went a perfect 14-0 as a senior ... Kearney outscored opponents in the four-game state playoffs by a 218-34 margin, including consecutive 43-0 semifinal and championship wins over Webb City and Ladue Horton Watkins, respectively ... Scored 3 consecutive TDs in the title game to help stake Kearney out to a 28-0 lead ... Began his personal scoring spree with an 83-yard interception return, then followed with TD receptions of 18 and 31 yards ... Ended the day with a game-high 4 receptions for 91 yards ... Left holding the state Class 4 record for career interceptions (23), and most interceptions returned for TDs in a career (5) and season (5) ... In basketball, in the 2004 Class 4 semifinals versus Ozark, had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals ... Led team with 21 points in the championship game as Kearney fell to Vashon, 68-55 ... team finished 26-5 ... High school coach - Mark Thomas.
Son of Thomas & Lisa Saunders.
SAUNDERS CAREER STATISTICS
SAUNDERS CAREER HIGHS Receptions: 7, at Iowa State, 2006 Receiving Yards: 72, at Iowa State, 2006 Receiving TDs: 1, 3 Times Longest Reception: 29, vs. Oregon State, 2006 Longest Rush: 6, vs. Texas, 2006 Longest Punt Return: 41, vs. Colorado, 2006 Longest Kickoff Return: 22, vs. Texas, 2005
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