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• Randy Sanders enters his fourth season as quarterbacks coach at Florida State and his third as the co-offensive coordinator. Sanders’ tenure has coincided with one of the most successful three-year stretches in Florida State football history. Since Sanders arrived in 2013, the Seminoles have gone 37-4, captured two ACC titles, won the 2013 National Championship and had a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
• An 11-year offensive coordinator in the SEC at Tennessee and Kentucky, Sanders also won a national championship in 1998 with the Volunteers.
• Under the tutelage of Sanders, Jameis 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-plus points.
• After a 2014 season that saw the Seminoles start the year 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.
• The 2015 season found more success for FSU and the Seminoles’ offense under the Sanders’ direction. The Noles finished 10-3 and were led by running back Dalvin Cook, who set a school record for rushing yards (1,691) and all-purpose yards (1,935) while totaling 20 touchdowns and earning All-America honors. FSU’s offense averaged 31.7 points per game and totaled 424 total yards per game – both ranking fourth in the conference. Sanders helped a pair of quarterbacks pass for over 300 yards in a game (Everett Golson and Sean Maguire) and the Seminoles’ offense also had the league’s top offensive lineman in sophomore left tackle Roderick Johnson. The Seminoles stayed at the top of the conference on the offensive side of the ball despite losing nearly all of their production to the NFL, including the NFL Draft’s No. 1 pick (QB Jameis Winston), FSU’s career leader in receptions, the nation’s top tight end and four offensive linemen.
• 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 24 bowl games in his coaching career, including the 1999 National Championship game where he served as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator for the Fiesta Bowl win over FSU that year.
• Upon his arrival at Kentucky in 2006, Sanders helped Andre’ Woodson develop 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 1998, 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.