Sanders returns to Ole Miss

Mississippi Scout
Posted Sep 21, 2009
Yancy Porter


Vincent Sanders' season has not gone as drawn up before the year started, but that could be changing soon.


"I do not think I am going to have to sit out but one more week," added Vincent Sanders. "I should be back against Kosciusko (MS)."

It has been tough sitting out with a broken jaw,and Scout.com's #32 nationally rated receiver plans to make up for lost time when he gets back on the field.

"Coming into the year, I had a lot of individual goals. Then I got hurt, and I realized I could not reach them anymore. But the hardest part was watching our team lose its first regular season game since I got here last Friday. I thought I could have made the difference against West Point. We got inside the 10 yard line to tie the game at the end of the game, and I wanted to go in and catch a fade route. That is usually a play where you do not get hit hard, so I did not think I would be risking too much by going in, but my coaches thought otherwise. They did not let me go in, and we did not score. That was real tough to watch on the sidelines. It burned me up. I am still upset about it, to tell you the truth."

Sanders woke up Saturday morning and headed up to Oxford (MS) to catch the Rebels play S' East LA.

"I wanted to see how they were going to come out and perform after starting out slow against Memphis. They came out good. I also wanted to see how they were going to utilize Pat Patterson. He had a good game. I think he caught like 4 passes and a TD."

What did the 6' 3", 185 pound receiver think about his former teammates performance?

"I was happy for Pat (Patterson). When he caught the bomb for a TD, he came over to the sidelines and pointed at me. I am happy I got to see him catch his first TD in college. I am real happy for him."

What else was the Noxubee County standout watching for at the Ole Miss game?

"I wanted to see the different routes they run, and how much they rotate their WR's and things like that. I wanted to see if they stayed with their receivers or if they rotated them in and out. How many plays do they play before they take them out? In high school, I do not rotate a lot. I am the type of guy who does not like to be on the sidelines too much. It is hard to get in a groove if you are in one play and out the next."

What routes do the Ole Miss receivers run, and how much are they rotated?

"In the beginning of the game, they had so many different packages. They came out in the spread, two tight end formations, 4 WR sets, Wild Rebel, just everything. They did rotate them, but that is something I can deal with."

What did the Ole Miss coaches say to Vincent?

"Before the game started; they told me Pat would get a lot of playing time. They said they were going to throw the ball to Pat so I kind of expected it. I spoke with Coach (Derrick) Nix and Nutt after the game in the locker room. I met WR/JR Josh Pinkston in the stands, and we went into the locker room together. Coach Nutt told me that he wanted Pat on one side, me on the other, and Josh (Pinkston) in the slot. He told me Ole Miss is on the rise. They are ranked #4 in the nation, and he said if he could get another signing class like they had last year; they would be in the thick of the national championship race for years to come."

The Dandy Dozen selection has now visited MSU (for the Jackson State game) and Ole Miss. Where next?

"I am going to the MSU/LSU game this weekend."

Any new offers?

"No, but I am hearing from North Carolina and Wisconsin a lot. They want me to come in for an official visit before they offer me."

Who is still in the picture?

"Ole Miss, MSU, Alabama, Texas Tech, Tennessee, USM, UAB, Arkansas, just all of the schools who have offered me. I have not even begun to narrow it down yet. I will take my visits and decide around signing day."


Yancy Porter is the Recruiting Analyst for the state of Mississippi and can be reached at
yporter@scout.com











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