Centennial is hoping for another big year from tailback Deon Sanders, who rushed for 1,496 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
“We feel like he’s a very versatile player being able to do things like put him in the slot,” Cougars coach Brian Rector said. “He catches very well. We’re going to use him every single way that we can. Heck, he’s our No. 2 punter.”
Sanders plays safety, cornerback and linebacker on defense, but spends more time on offense.
The 6-1, 210-pound senior has an offer from Austin Peay.
“He’s gotten faster,” Rector said. “He’s recorded several 40s in the 4.5s. With anybody, speed is about consistency and that’s exactly what he’s working on. He’s a very strong kid.”
Sanders can bench press 300 pounds.
Centennial, which is coming off a 5-5 season, hosts Northeast in its opener on Aug. 22.