Rocket Sanders

Rocket Sanders

Running BackRB
South Carolina Gamecocks
Probable
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 8/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
In a season that fell short of expectations overall for the Razorbacks, Sanders provided a huge silver lining as a sophomore. Sanders rushed for 1,443 yards for Arkansas, averaging a robust 6.5 yards per carry. He finished second in the conference behind standout freshman Quinshon Judkins of Ole Miss, and 13th in the nation. The rushing ability of dual-threat quarterback KJ Jefferson clearly did little to deter the Hogs from continuously feeding Sanders, who managed 222 carries on the year. Sanders also scored 10 times on the ground. He proved a more than capable receiver out of the backfield as well, snagging 28 balls for 271 yards and two more scores through the air. Opposing defenses will certainly be keying on Sanders and Jefferson in the running game, especially with the Hogs losing 125 receptions from their wide receiving corps from last season. Nevertheless, do not expect the “ground and pound” game plan to change for the Razorbacks under head coach Sam Pittman, an experienced former offensive line coach. Read Past Outlooks
Expected to be ready by fall camp
Shoulder
April 17, 2024
Sanders (shoulder) said Wednesday that he expects to be ready by South Carolina's fall camp, Jordan Kaye of The State Newspaper reports.
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Sanders will be out for South Carolina's spring game, pushing his availability to the fall. Sanders himself saying that he expects to be ready by then is a welcoming development from a player who has struggled with injuries since his 2023 season with Arkansas. As for the spring game, Oscar Adaway and Jawarn Howell are expected to be some of the running backs who get a lot more game plays with Sanders unavailable.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Arkansas has a deep stable of running backs, which can make drafters shy away from spending an early-round pick on any of them. Sanders is a good bet to take over the lead role, however, and should be drafted as such. Known by many as “Rocket,” Sanders ran for 578 yards and five scores as a freshman despite competing for carries. At least two other backs will see significant work, but Sanders should lead the way and in Arkansas’ run-heavy scheme (9th in run play rate), there’s enough volume here for a member of a committee to still post consistent fantasy production.
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Likely out for spring
Shoulder
March 19, 2024
Sanders (shoulder) is unlikely to do anything this spring, SportsTalk Media Network reports.
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Commits to South Carolina
December 13, 2023
Sanders is expected to transfer to South Carolina, Matt Zenitz of 247Sports.com reports.
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Will enter transfer portal
RBNo Current School
Shoulder
December 5, 2023
Sanders (shoulder) will enter the transfer portal, Hayes Fawcett of On3.com reports.
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Suffers torn labrum
Shoulder
November 20, 2023
Coach Sam Pittman indicated Monday that Sanders (shoulder) suffered a torn labrum and is expected to have surgery soon, Will Whiston of ESPN Arkansas reports.
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Will not return vs Panthers
Undisclosed
November 18, 2023
Sanders was observed wearing street clothes in the sidelines and will not return for Saturday's game against Florida International, Mason Choate of Rivals.com reports.
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