Led the team in rushing last season ... One of five scholarship players at the running back position, so there will be plenty of competition in the spring ... Has been a contrributor throughout his previous three seasons ... Has added approximately 15 pounds in the weight room since signing with UK in 2010 ... Good pass catcher and willing blocker in addition to his running skills ... Also can return punts and kickoffs ... Played in 29 games, including seven starts ... One of 33 players in school history who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his career ... Career totals feature 1,078 rushing yards and eight touchdowns and has caught 39 passes for 238 yards and one TD.
2012 (Junior): Played in 11 games with three starts ... Had his best season as he led team in rushing with 669 yards, an excellent 5.4 yards per carry, with five touchdowns ... Had big games in both of Kentucky's wins ... Ran for 115 yards vs. Kent State, including a career-long 67-yard touchdown dash ... Picked up a career-high 123 yards and a TD vs. Samford, going over 1,000 career yards in that game ... Caught 18 passes for 111 yards ... Averaged 22.3 yards on 10 kickoff returns.
2011 (Sophomore): Played in six games and started three ... Rushed 40 times for 155 yards ... Best game was eight carries for 62 yards vs. Central Michigan ... Also caught five passes for 13 yards.
2010 (Freshman): Played in 12 games with one start ... Rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns ... Also played well into Kentucky's passing game, catching 16 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown ... Had his best game vs. Georgia, gathering a career-high 79 yards on the ground and catching a career-high seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown ... Rushed for 71 yards in a starting assignment at Mississippi State ... Ran for 32 yards and two touchdowns vs. Western Kentucky University ... Also returned punts and kickoffs and made four tackles in kick coverage.
High School: Shifty running back showed all-around skills at Stephenson High School, with the ability to run from scrimmage, catch passes and return kicks ... The nation's No. 15 all-purpose back by Rivals.com and the No. 41 overall prospect in the talent-rich state of Georgia ... "Very quick, has good vision, catches the ball well and runs like a 210-pound back," wrote recruiting analyst Barry Every of Rivals, who also noted that Sanders "Reminds me of Rafael Little ... has the uncanny ability to break tackles and make plays." ... Honorable-mention all-state by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following senior season ... Region Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, rushing for 1,604 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging more than 10 yards per carry ... Also returned a kickoff for a touchdown ... Was the star of the show in a nationally televised game on ESPN, rushing for more than 130 yards and two touchdowns in Stephenson's 20-0 win over Martin Luther King HS ... Helped lead Stephenson to an 11-1 mark and the second round of the state playoffs ... Rushed for 1,311 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior ... Two-year member of the all-county and all-region teams ... Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game and the DeKalb County All-Star Game following his senior year, playing for the winning team in both games ... Coached by Ron Gartrell ... "Raymond is a very intelligent player with a work ethic that is second to none," Gartrell said. "He is very elusive, can run with power and has the burst to go 80-90 yards at any time. He is very determined and has leadership skills. He is the total package." ... Teammate of current Wildcats Jabari Johnson and Ronnie Shields ... Participated in basketball and track and field ... Ran the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay ... Won the regional championship and was a state qualifier in the 100 as a senior ... Relay team won the state championship his junior year ... Team's defensive player of the year his senior season in basketball ... Member of the Beta Club and SADD Club.
Personal: Born in Stone Mountain, Ga. ... Son of Carla and Raymond Sanders Jr. ... Major is kinesiology. Community Cats: Helped with the Big Blue U Move-In (2011).
Raymond Says ... My nickname is: Ray-Ray ... When I played football as a kid, I pretended I was: Barry Sanders ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: being around my teammates ... The one thing I like most about football is: I get to be away from the rest of the world ... Something people might not know about me is: I like ghost shows.