2011-12 Football
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Justin Roberts
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Osita Alaribe
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Ed Sanders
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Mike Jones
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Jerrell Cogmon
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Kenny Ray
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Steven Smith
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Kevin Mashack
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Ed Sanders

Ed Sanders, a native of Nashville, Tennessee and Maplewood High School, joins the Tennessee State coaching after four years at Delaware State of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

During his time with the Tigers, the defensive unit has ranked sixth in pass efficiency in 2014 and as high as fouth in 2013. In 2014, the Tigers held their opponents to an average of 153.3 yards per game through the air, good for fourth in the FCS.

A four-year letter winner at Tennessee State, he helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships in 1998 and ’99. During the 1999 season, TSU posted an 11-0 regular season record and No. 1 Division I-AA and Black College final regular season national rankings. That season, Sanders was an All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team selection and All-America candidate. He also earned the Alvin “Cat” Coleman Award as the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back. During the 1999 season, Sanders led the team in tackles with 100 which is third-best in TSU history (since 1987).

In 2008, at Delaware State, his unit helped lead the Hornets to a No. 2 MEAC ranking in pass efficiency defense (79.5 rating). The ’08 Hornets were also third in the league in pass defense, allowing 144.1 yards-per-game.

During DSU’s 2007 MEAC championship season, his unit helped the Hornets earn a No. 9 national ranking in pass efficiency defense with a 105.33 rating. DSU was 13th in the country in scoring defense (18.4 ppg) in 2007. His ’07 secondary also featured All-MEAC First Team selection Akeem Green, among the league leaders in interceptions and defended passes.

Before joining the Hornets, Sanders was an assistant coach at two Dekalb County (Ga.) high schools.

In 2002, he was a member of the Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

Sanders began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (secondary) at Tennessee State University in 2000.

Sanders earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Tennessee State in 2000. He and his wife Wajehah have two daughters, Khalia and Kaden, and a son, Omarii.

A four-year letterwinner at Tennessee State, he helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference championships in 1998 and ’99. During the 1999 season, TSU posted an 11-0 regular season record and No. 1 Division I-AA and Black College final regular season national rankings. That season, Sanders was an All-Ohio Valley Conference Second Team selection and All-America candidate. He also earned the Alvin "Cat" Coleman Award as the team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Back. During the 1999 season, Sanders led the team in tackles with 100 which is third-best in TSU history (since 1987).

In 2008, at Delaware State, his unit helped lead the Hornets to a No. 2 MEAC ranking in pass efficiency defense (79.5 rating). The ’08 Hornets were also third in the league in pass defense, allowing 144.1 yards-per-game.

During DSU’s 2007 MEAC championship season, his unit helped the Hornets earn a No. 9 national ranking in pass efficiency defense with a 105.33 rating. DSU was 13th in the country in scoring defense (18.4 ppg) in 2007. His ’07 secondary also featured All-MEAC First Team selection Akeem Green, among the league leaders in interceptions and defended passes.

Before joining the Hornets, Sanders was an assistant coach at two Dekalb County (Ga.) high schools.

In 2002, he was a member of the Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

Sanders began his coaching career as a graduate assistant (secondary) at Tennessee State University in 2000.

Sanders earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Tennessee State in 2000. He and his wife Wajehah have two daughters, Khalia and Kaden, and a son, Omarii.