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#35 Luke Sanders
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Class: Senior
Experience: 3 Letters
City/State: West Monroe, La.
High School: West Monroe HS
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Luke Sanders Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 04/24/2008

2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2005 SEC Academic Honor Roll

CAREER
Played in 44 games in his LSU career, starting 22 times, including 11 times during the 2007 national championship season ... Played both the middle linebacker and outside linebacker spot during his career ... Finished career with 75 total tackles, including 3.5 tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks ... Added seven quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles ... Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2005 and 2007. 

SENIOR SEASON (2007)
Played in 14 games with 11 starts ... All starts came at outside linebacker position ... Registered a total of 30 tackles, including 1.5 for losses and a half sack ... Added five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and a forced fumble ... Registered a season-high five tackles against Arkansas ... Twice had four tackles in a game - against Tulane and La. Tech ... Also forced a fumble against the Green Wave ... Was all over the field against Ole Miss, recording two PBUs, a quarterback hurry, a fumble recovery and two tackles ... Recorded his first sack of the season against MTSU ... Final game of career had him recording two tackles in win over Ohio State in BCS National Championship contest.

JUNIOR SEASON (2006)
Started 11 of the Tigers’ 13 games ... Recorded 35 tackles, a total that included 15 solo stops ... Was also credited with 2.5 TFL, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble ... Had a career day against Auburn, recording a team-high eight tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack, all of which marked career highs ... Had six tackles in the Tigers’ win over Ole Miss ... Recorded four tackles each against Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State ... Made two solo stops, one that went for a loss and the other a sack, in the Tigers’ win over Notre Dame in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2005)
Backup linebacker who also doubled as a key component on special teams ... Played in 12 games with no starts ... Finished season with seven tackles ... Had three tackles in win over Mississippi State and two vs. Tennessee and North Texas ... Broke up a pass in win over Ole Miss.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2004)
Played in three games as a true freshman ... Recorded three tackles, including two vs. Vanderbilt and one against Troy ... Saw first action of year against Mississippi State and then saw extensive playing time against Troy ... Played a week later against Vanderbilt before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the regular-season and the bowl game.

HIGH SCHOOL
The No. 1 linebacker prospect in the state of Louisiana and a USA Today second-team All-America selection ... Rated as the nation's No. 9 linebacker prospect by Rivals.com, while ESPN.com rated him as the No. 3 outside linebacker in the nation ... Named the SuperPrep Southwest Defensive Player of the Year and was a member of the FSN South's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" second team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen and the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip list ... Named the LHSAA 5A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team 5A all-state selection in 2003 ... Had one of the most productive defensive seasons in Louisiana high school football history with 113 tackles, five interceptions (two for touchdowns), seven fumble recoveries, four sacks, a blocked punt and a blocked field goal ... A winner and hard-worker who led West Monroe to a state semifinal appearance in 2003 ... Sat out his junior season with a knee injury ... An honor student in the classroom, graduating with a 3.9 grade point average ... Coached by Don Shows.

PERSONAL
Full name is James Luke Sanders ... Born Oct. 26, 1984, in Monroe ... Parents are Casey and Sharon Sanders ... Has three brothers, Case, Rick and Nick ... Dad is a strength coach ... Majoring in management.

CAREER HIGHS   
Total tackles: 8 vs. Auburn, 2006
Tackles for loss: 1 vs. Middle Tennessee, 2007
Sacks: 1 vs. Middle Tennessee, 2007
Interceptions: 0

SANDERS’ CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS

Year
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
Sacks
INT

PBU

QBH

FF

FR

2004

3-0
0
3
3
0
0

0

0

0

0

0

2005

12-0
3
4
7
0
0

0

1

0

0

0

2006

13-11
15
20
35
2.5-7
2-16

0

0

2

1

0

2007

14-11

14

16

30

1.5-10

0.5-7

0

3

5

1

1-0

Totals

42-22
32
43
75
4-17
2.5-23

0

4

7

2

1-0
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