Air Force's Sanders flying towards NFL dream

Posted at 11:24 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 07:55:38-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — "It was one of the hardest things I've ever done," Geraud Sanders said.

For most Cadets, graduating for the Air Force Academy is a lifelong achievement.

"It's indescribable, it's a big accomplishment, you just felt like the weight was lifted off of your shoulders," Sanders said.

Unless you're, 6'3, 215 lbs. and can do the things on a football field that Air Force senior wide receiver Sanders can.

"I feel like I'm built for the whole game," Sanders said. "Whether it has to be verbally or by example, that's how I attack every day."

Despite playing in the Falcons triple option offense that was among the nation's best running the football, No. 7 showed he has the talent to be a No. 1 option in the passing game.

"Just going in there and proving what I can do, day in and day out," Sanders said. "What kind of guy I am, what kind of player I am and what I can do on the field."

Saving his best for last, the physical wide out led the nation by averaging almost 25 yards per reception and hauling in seven touchdowns.

"All of us have our strengths, I feel like I am a possession guy, go across the middle, take a big hit," Sanders said.

The 2020 NFL Draft is one of the deepest at the position with dozens of great prospects from across the country.

"Their film speaks for itself but I'd like to put myself in that position as well," Sanders said.

However, unlike a significant amount of those players, few have been asked to contribute to a gameplan in the way the senior has over the past 4 years.

"I'll do whatever it takes to make the team better, I'm not sending film of just scoring touchdowns, I'm sending them film of me driving guys 20 yards down the field," Sanders said. "Oregon, Alabama, the bigger schools; they may be faster than me but I can do things better than they can."

The Frisco, Texas, native is just hoping for a shot to prove he can hang with the league's best at the next level.

"When Saturday comes we'll see how that goes," Sanders said. "If my name doesn't gets called, that's fine. Some of the best players in the league were free agents."

One thing is for certain heading into this weekend, few have a resume which boosts a successful college football career and future pilot honors as well.

"To be able to just create a winning culture in football and military, the impact I have on people is what I focus on," Sanders said.