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Randy Sanders
Position: Co-Offensive Coordinator /Quarterbacks Coach
Alma Mater: Tennessee '88
Experience: 4 Years
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• Randy Sanders enters his third season as quarterbacks coach at Florida State and his second as the co-offensive coordinator. During his first two seasons, Sanders oversaw the development of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston as he guided the Seminoles to a 26-1 record and the 2013 National Championship during their two seasons together. An 11-year offensive coordinator in the SEC at Tennessee and Kentucky, Sanders also won a national championship in 1998 with the Vols.

• Under the tutelage of Sanders, Winston became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in 2013, the same season he led the Seminoles to a 14-0 record and Florida State’s third national championship. During that historic 2013 season, Florida State set the national record for points in a season with 723, led the nation with a passing efficiency mark of 174.69, and set school and ACC marks with 7,267 yards of total offense, 51.6 points per game, 94 touchdowns, and 7.67 yards per play. Winston set the national record for touchdown passes by a freshman with 40, had seven 300-yard games and 11 consecutive games scoring 40 points or more.

• After a 2014 season that saw the Seminoles start the season 13-0 and reach the inaugural College Football Playoff, Winston entered the 2015 NFL Draft and was taken with the No. 1 overall selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He became the first Seminole to be the first player selected in the draft. Winston finished his two-year career with touchdown passes in all 27 games played, third in career passing yards (7,964), second in career touchdown passes (65), tied with fellow Heisman winner Chris Weinke with 14 career 300-yard games, the third-most wins for a starting quarterback in school history with 26, and his .963 winning percentage (26-1) is the best among Florida State starters.

• The Seminoles averaged 33.7 points and 441.4 total yards per game in 2014 under a balanced attack that saw Winston lead the ACC with 3,907 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, while also having running back Dalvin Cook register an FSU freshman-record 1,008 rushing yards. Senior tight end Nick O’Leary caught 48 passes for 618 yards and seven touchdowns and won the John Mackey Award given to the nation’s top tight end.

• Sanders joined the Seminoles after a stint at Kentucky where he was the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since 2009. The Morristown, Tenn., native previously spent his entire coaching career in the SEC where he began as a volunteer assistant with the Volunteers in 1989. Sanders has served as the offensive coordinator at both Tennessee and Kentucky and has been a part of coaching staffs that have been to 23 bowl games in his coaching career, including the 1999 National Championship game at Tennessee where he served as the offensive coordinator for the Fiesta Bowl win over FSU that year.

• Upon his arrival at Kentucky in 2006, Sanders helped Andre’ Woodson develop from an inconsistent performer into one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Seemingly overnight, Woodson blossomed as a player and a field general, leading the Wildcats to some of the most memorable triumphs in school history, including a pair of Music City Bowl championships.

• Along the way, Woodson led the Southeastern Conference in passing yardage, total offense and touchdown passes, including an SEC record 40 in 2007. He earned All-SEC honors both seasons and was drafted by the NFL’s New York Giants.

• Sanders turned in another deft coaching performance in 2009. Mike Hartline was the starting quarterback until going down with an injury in the fifth game. For the remainder of the season, Sanders juggled Randall Cobb, seldom-used junior Will Fidler and true freshman Morgan Newton at QB. And, once again, the offense produced enough points to advance to a bowl game, along with ground-breaking victories at Auburn and Georgia.

• Prior to Kentucky, Sanders spent 22 seasons (1984-2005) as a player and coach at Tennessee, including the last seven as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was named offensive coordinator after the 1998 regular season when David Cutcliffe became head coach at Ole Miss. Sanders’ first game as offensive coordinator was the 1999 Fiesta Bowl when the Volunteers defeated Florida State for the national championship.

• Sanders was a quarterback on the Tennessee football team from 1984-88. He earned four varsity letters and was a four-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He remained with the team as a volunteer assistant coach, helping coach the quarterbacks in 1989-90 under head coach Johnny Majors.

• Sanders was promoted to a full-time assistant coach at Tennessee in 1991, working with the wide receivers in 1991-92. New head coach Phillip Fulmer named him running backs coach and recruiting coordinator in 1993. Sanders stayed in those roles through `98, recruiting the players that took Tennessee to the national title, before moving to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following Cutcliffe’s departure.

• While Sanders was on the Tennessee coaching staff, the Vols had a record of 162-46-2 (.776) and won four SEC championships and six Eastern Division crowns in addition to their national title. The Vols played in bowl games his first 16 seasons, including four Citrus Bowls, three Fiesta Bowls, three Cotton Bowls, two Peach Bowls, and once each in the Sugar, Orange, Hall of Fame and Gator bowls.

• Sanders and his wife, Cathy, have two daughters, Kelly and Kari.

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