Spartans return eight starters from the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten last season.
Third-year walk-on adds depth at defensive tackle.
2011 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Saw action in seven games (vs. Youngstown State, Florida Atlantic, Notre Dame, Central Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana and Wisconsin) . . . credited with a solo stop vs. Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game.
2010 SEASON: Redshirted . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Florida Atlantic.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Represented the East in the 2010 Michigan High School All-Star Game, played June 19 in Spartan Stadium . . . also nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . four-year starter for Coach Tony Patritto at Adams High School in Rochester, Mich., where he helped the Highlanders to a combined record of 34-9 . . . named to The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams in 2009 . . . selected first-team all-state (Division 1-2) by The Associated Press as a senior . . . earned first-team all-county honors from The Oakland Press in 2009 . . . a three-time first-team all-league selection . . . recorded 51 tackles, including six sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered one as a senior . . . also returned an interception for a touchdown vs. Rochester Stoney Creek in 2009 . . . didn't allow a sack while playing offensive tackle in 2009, helping the Highlander offense average 39 points per game . . . slowed by a knee injury during his junior year . . . earned first-team all-area and second-team all-county honors as a sophomore in 2007 . . . qualified for the state wrestling meet in the heavyweight division as a sophomore . . . son of Charlie and Georgianna Sanders . . . born Aug. 20, 1991 . . . father Charlie made seven Pro Bowl appearances in his 10 seasons with the National Football League's Detroit Lions and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 . . . majoring in sociology.
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