Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two years. Junior totals included 53 tackles and one interception. Had 37/5/8 as a sophomore.
Positives: "Big, physical safety who is best playing downhill. Forceful up the field, strong at the point, and reliable as a tackler. Hard-hitting and looks to intimidate opponents. Explosive, shows a burst of closing speed, and works well with cornerbacks."
Negatives: Inefficient and does not consistently take proper angles to the action or play within himself. Doesn?t change directions quickly. Has marginal ball skills and reacts slowly.
Analysis: "Sands can be an intimidating force in centerfield, yet he is a long-strider with limitations in coverage. He's best suited to play a conventional strong safety position or in a system that puts him in the box."
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