CLARION, Pa. – Slippery Rock University's Anthony Saunders was named Tuesday as a third-team Don Hansen Division II All-Super Region One performer by the Don Hansen Football Committee.
A 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior cornerback from New Kensington and Valley High School, Saunders led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked 11th among NCAA Division II players in passes defended with 17 (14 broken up, three interceptions).
Saunders accumulated 105 yards on interception returns, highlighted by two he turned into touchdowns, a 50-yarder in the season-opening win Aug. 30 over Seton Hill and a 42-yarder in the Sept. 15 win over Gannon.
As a sophomore, Saunders picked off two passes, one of which he returned 59 yards to the Mercyhurst 1-yard line to set up the winning touchdown in a 28-21 Rock victory. Saunders also recorded one interception as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
Billed by his coaches as The Rock's “lockdown corner,” Saunders also ranked fourth on the team last fall with 62 total tackles (42 solo, 20 assisted). As a sophomore and first-year starter on The Rock's 2011 PSAC-West championship and conference runner-up squad, Saunders recorded 42 tackles.
One of seven Rock football student-athletes who earned All-PSAC-West second-team honors in 2012, Saunders headlines a list of nine Rock defensive starters expected to return for the 2013 season.
The Rock, led by 25-year head coach George Mihalik, ended the 2012 season with a 6-5 overall record and a 5-2 division record and finished third in the eight-team PSAC-Western Division.
SRU, which won four of its last five games last fall, and Bloomsburg are the only PSAC teams that recorded a winning record in each of the last four seasons.
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