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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Zack Sanders, DB, Ohio University

Zack Sanders the standout defensive back from Ohio University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

What started me off wanting to play football was seeing my older brother play and going to his games. Going to his high school games growing up was something that stuck with me and was something I wanted to be apart of some day.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

I want to get the chance to prove myself right and show what I’ve been working towards my whole life. I want to learn the game of football more and really expand my knowledge in the game. So that I can put myself in the best position to have a long career.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Tyrann Mathieu because I know he carries his self like a professional on and off the field so I could learn from him on any advice on life and ways to put my self in a better position to succeed.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Through my career I would say that playing any of the power 5 teams were always some good memories. This past year coming from Missouri State transferring up to a FBS program and helping the Ohio Bobcats to the conference championship and being able to be a part of the success and turnaround will be something that sticks with me.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

My mom is my biggest inspiration. There hasn’t been a day in my life where she hasn’t made it there to make it happen for me. She’s my biggest supporter and it never fails to show! She’s the reason I keep going and want to make sure I make it happen for us.

What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?

4-2-5 any day.

What should we know about Zack Sanders the person?

I’m a leader and I don’t just want to lead, it’s in me and comes natural from experiences and situations that have happened in my life and through out my career. when it comes down to it I feel like as long as I’m staying true to myself, I got a personality that brightens up the room and brings the energy whenever and wherever. There isn’t a negative bone in my body.

What stands out about your film the most?

How physical I am. Through my whole career highlights you can see I will never turn down a hit. Another thing is, how many positions I played just this past season. A had a couple hundred at each position, corner, nickel and safety.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I’m not someone who will stress about a challenge because I know, no matter what I will overcome whatever it is. Putting God first and letting him do his work, I know I will never fail as long as I put him first. I’ve been alive and doing well and there isn’t one situation that has stopped me from coming this far so I just keep believing.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A leader who has been part of some program turn around and successful championship caliber teams. Someone who will do what’s asked and never hear a complaint. Someone who will put in more work than anyone to come in and play my role to help the team no matter what it is that I’m doing.

What do you love the most about the game of football?

The lifelong friendships and connections I’ve made and just how much football really does teach you about life. The way you do anything off the field is how you’ll do it on the field. One of my past coaches (coach Prince) used to preach that to me and once I realized that my junior year, everything started making sense and that’s when my love and respect for the game really started to show.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

Titus Wall (Calgary Stampeders) because he’s one of the most knowledgeable players and natural leaders I’ve played with. There isn’t a practice or play that he isn’t going 100 percent. Everything is all out with him. He had a successful season in the CFL this past year but there’s so much more respect to be given to him.

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