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November 5, 2012
Commitment round up
Cleveland, Tennessee offensive tackle and Tennessee commitment Austin Sanders walked off the field for the final time last Friday night in a loss to McMinn County. The Bradley Central product has produced at a high level and leaves prep football behind with a lot of great feelings.
"It's crazy," Sanders said. "It's hard to believe it's over. It's really not set in yet and I don't think it will until our banquet. The last couple of years I could always look forward to the next year. It's crazy. High School football is totally different than any othe kind of football."
While it's hard to believe his high school career is over, he does take several great memories with him.
"I have a lot of great memories," Sanders said. "I will remember all the moments of hanging out and the practices. Going through the drills with everyone and I'll always remember them like they were yesterday. I'll never get them back, but they will always go with me. Just all the hard work we put in."
The 6-foot-5 and 300 pound Sanders has grown quite a bit as a player. He's not just a raw talent anymore. He's worked hard to improve his craft and he's seen the results.
"I feel like my play was really good," Sanders said. "I didn't play well the last couple of weeks and I don't think I was there mentally and physically the last couple of weeks. I did really well pass blocking this year. That's where I improved. I've always been really good at run blocking. I only give up one sack this year and I felt like my game really did improve."
Sanders is at each Tennessee home game. He's become good friends with several other Vol commitments and that's a big thing in his eyes.
"Talking to Brett, Josh, and Jalen is really cool," Sanders said. "They are going to be the guys that I'm playing with in the future. It's good to already have friends coming in next year and I think that will help us out because we will be comfortable."
The Vols sit at 4-5 on the season after a thrilling 55-48 win over Troy on Saturday. It's those type of games that are driving Sanders crazy.
"I think I'm going to have a heart attack by next year," Sanders said. "They keep me on the edge of my seat. They have started to give me gray hairs. I'm going to have to dye my hair by the time I'm a freshman in college."
One area where the Vols have improved is on the offensive line. The running game has been tremendous and Sanders sees great things ahead for a unit that has bonded under first year Vol assistant Sam Pittman.
"I think coach Pittman is doing a great job," Sanders said. "I think they need more of a power back and let them move it between the tackles. They are using smaller backs in between the tackles and I think that's one thing Tennessee is missing. The running game has really improved a lot compared to last year. They have worked hard and the line and backs have done well."