SENIOR WIDE RECEIVER Rashaun Sanders
Returning letterman Rashaun Sanders is an important piece of the wide receiver core after turning in the best spring and preseason camp of his career. Sanders caught the ball extremely well and has shown signs of being ready for a breakthrough season. He had four receptions for 113 yards, including a diving 42-yard TD catch, in the Lobos' Cherry-Silver spring game and should be a key member of the wide receiver rotation. Sanders has the size and athletic talent needed to be a dominant player but his biggest obstacle has been his consistency and concentration in practice and on gameday. He has also battled chronic pain after breaking his wrist during 2001 preseason practice. This spring Sanders ran a sub-4.5 40 for the pro scouts this spring. In 2002, Saunder had five catches for 38 yards and played in all 14 games.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the 2003 season?
Rashaun Sanders: "To dominate at my position and establish myself as a major threat."
Q: What did you work on in the off-season to make yourself a better football player?
RS: "Speed and concentration."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
RS: "My attention to detail sometimes lacks in certain situations."
Q: What did it take to come back from a broken wrist to be able to catch the football?
RS: "I had to fight through a lot of pain and frustration, catching the ball with isn't easy with one hand. Once I was healed, I had to then learn to trust my hands again."
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
RS: "All my life I've loved riding motorcycles but being a college football player doesn't allow much time for that."
Q: Which team on this year's schedule do you most want to beat and why?
RS: "Colorado State, because they are the only team that we have not beat in the conference since I've been here."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
RS: "Texas Tech, because the fans play so much a part of the game. It's hard to keep your emotions under control with people hollering at you from right behind the bench."
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
RS: "Human Sexuality taught by Lori Ebert."
Q: What do you and your teammates need to do to accomplish your team goals this season?
RS: "Stay focused on the task at hand and always believe in each other. As hard as we have worked and as much talent as we have everything else, should fall into place."
Q: What made you decide to come to UNM? What impressed you?
RS: "I liked the situation and opportunities that were placed in front of me in coming here."
Q: Which Lobo teammate will surprise people this year and why?
RS: "D.D. Cox"
Q: What memories do you hope to leave behind for the UNM fans after this season?
RS: "That the 2003 football team was the best to ever set foot in University Stadium."