Shedeur Sanders is a name that has been making waves in the college football scene and in NFL Draft conversations. Sanders is a junior academically. But how old is the Colorado Buffaloes starting quarterback?
What Is Colorado QB Shedeur Sanders’ Age?
Sanders was born on Feb. 7, 2002, in Tyler, Texas. He is currently 21 years old as of 2023.
He attended Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, where he played football under his father’s guidance as the offensive coordinator. As a senior, Sanders had a stellar outing, completing 251 of 366 pass attempts for 3,702 yards and 43 touchdowns.
He was rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and had offers from several top programs, including Florida State, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. He initially committed to Florida Atlantic but changed his mind when his father was hired as the head coach of the Jackson State Tigers, a historically black college or university (HBCU) in Mississippi.
Sanders enrolled at Jackson State in January 2021 but was ineligible to play for the team in its spring 2021 season due to COVID-19. He was named the starting quarterback for the 2021 fall season and had a remarkable freshman campaign.
He passed for 3,231 yards with 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions, leading the Tigers to an 11-2 record and a SWAC championship. He was named the SWAC Freshman of the Year and second-team All-SWAC.
He also won the Jerry Rice Award as the most outstanding freshman in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), becoming the first player from an HBCU to win the award.
Sanders continued his impressive performance as a sophomore in 2022. He completed 70.6% of his pass attempts for 3,732 yards with 40 touchdowns and six interceptions, leading the Tigers to a 12-1 record and another SWAC championship.
He was named the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year by the league and by Phil Steele while picking up first-team All-SWAC honors from both. He was also awarded the Deacon Jones Trophy as the nation’s top HBCU player. He was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the FCS.
He entered the NCAA transfer portal after the 2022 Celebration Bowl, where he threw for 378 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to North Carolina Central.
Shedeur decided to join his father and transfer to Colorado, where Deion Sanders was hired as the new head coach of the Buffaloes. He was immediately named the starting quarterback for the 2023 season.
In his first game for Colorado, he completed 38 of 47 pass attempts for a school-record 510 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-42 win over No. 17 TCU.
Sanders is one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in college football today. He has shown high-level NFL talent but also resilience and leadership. His stellar play and positive attitude have overcome challenges and critics.
Sanders has made history and broken barriers as an HBCU star. He has followed his father’s footsteps but also carved his own path. Despite being 21 years old, he has already achieved so much. Yet, Sanders isn’t done.
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