|SANDERS' PERSONAL FILE|
A good day at Randy Sanders' office -- and for Tennessee's offensive coordinator that means the Big Orange sideline -- would result in an equal number of rushing and passing plays for the Vols offense.
Heading into his seventh season as UT's offensive guru and 17th coaching season overall, Sanders appears to have achieved success.
Tennessee featured an extremely balanced gameplan in 2004, finishing either third or fourth in the league in all four major offensive categories. It was the team's best showing since 2000 and perhaps was best displayed during Tennessee's 38-7 triumph over Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.
That afternoon, Tennessee compiled 241 rushing yards and 233 yards through the air -- leading to Rick Clausen's earning game offensive MVP honors.
Sanders, of course, takes extra pride in such accomplishments since he has the added responsibility of working directly with the quarterbacks.
Sanders was named offensive coordinator after the 1998 season when David Cutcliffe resigned to accept the head coaching job at Mississippi. His first game calling the offensive plays was against Florida State in the 1999 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl national championship game.
Sanders has held a variety of jobs on the Tennessee staff, including a couple of years as a graduate assistant before moving into a full-time position. Sanders' assignment with running backs starting in 1993 followed two seasons in which he worked as wide receivers coach.
Sanders was named a full-time assistant in 1991. Vols coaches had already observed him enough to set high expectations for his development. They had coached him over a five-year period, including a redshirt season, and then watched his work for two more years as a volunteer coach on the UT staff.
Sanders came to Tennessee in 1984 from nearby Morristown as one of the most heralded quarterbacks produced in the state, having nabbed both All-State and All-Southern honors. Sanders worked hard in the classroom -- four times winning Academic All-SEC honors -- and earned his degree in 1987 with still one year of eligibility. After electing to pass up his final season of play, he was persuaded by the coaching staff to give it one more shot in order to allow the Vols some needed depth.
Sanders lettered for a fourth time in 1988 and stayed around two years as volunteer coach, working with quarterbacks under Jim Hofher in 1989 and Cutcliffe in 1990.
Randy and his wife, Cathy Hardison Sand-ers, have two daughters , Kelly and Kari.