Sanders, 52, was a star at Morristown East High School and later played quarterback at the University of Tennessee from 1985-88. He served as an assistant coach for the Vols under head coaches Johnny Majors and Phil Fulmer. He was promoted to offensive coordinator prior to the Vols’ 23-16 win over Florida State in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl to wrap up the first ever BCS National Championship. He remained in that role until 2005.
He served as quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator at Kentucky from 2006-12. He moved to Florida State in 2013, where he was the offensive coordinator for the Seminoles’ national championship team. Under his tutelage, quarterback Jameis Winston became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner ever and was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Sanders holds the distinction of being the offensive coordinator for the winning team in the first and last BCS National Championship games. His 2013 Florida State offense set records of 51.6 points per game and 11 consecutive games of 40-plus points. He has coached in 24 bowl games and Florida State has gone 53-13 in his five seasons with the Seminoles.