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Football recruit Alton Sanders Named National Player of the Year

April 12, 2005 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee recruit Alton Sanders has been named an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year, joining an elite group of 50 players from across the country to achieve the annual honor.

While the game of football is played over 100 yards, true character and determination are often defined in the Red Zone. The Old Spice Red Zone High School Football Player of the Year program uniquely recognizes those high school football players who elevate their play and that of their teammates in the Red Zone. The Red Zone athlete embodies and exemplifies leadership and performance. He's the one player the coach looks to when the game is truly on the line.

"It felt real good to make the team. I was happy that someone out-of-state recognized me," Sanders said of winning the award.

Alton was nominated by his high school coach and selected by the Red Zone Judging Committee from a large pool of nominees from more than 4,500 participating high school football teams to receive this honor. He is honored as one of 50 players across America who stood out among their peers for their exceptional performance in the Red Zone.

"Alton has led our team by example. His work ethic in the offseason and all through the 2004 season has been outstanding," said Warner Robins High School Football Coach Bryan Way.

As one of the 50 Old Spice Red Zone Players of the Year, Alton Sanders was honored in a full-page congratulatory announcement in USA Today on Thursday, February 3, 2005 along with the newspaper's coverage of National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

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