The former Bulldog, who was dismissed from Georgia last week by coach Mark Richt, appears to be on track to taking a similar path back to Athens others have before him.
“Coach Richt was hurt, but he told me that things can get better,” Sanders said of being dismissed.
Sanders would not comment on the exact reason why he was let go – saying that the conversation was between him and Richt alone – but indicated that the details of his situation were different than that of Sanford Seay and Nick Marshall. Dawg Post reported last week that Seay and Marshall were caught attempting to steal money from teammates.
“Of course Coach Richt was disappointed,” Sanders said of his infraction. “He asked me what happened, and I explained to him what happened. Of course he felt bad, and I felt bad. But I was honest with him.”
That honesty may be the reason Sanders has a chance to come back to Athens one day soon – at least if history is any guide. He plans on enrolling at GMC for the quarter that begins in March and to play football there in the fall.
“I am going to have to go through GMC for six months,” he said.
The former Bulldog didn’t say that he would be back in Athens for sure, but was apologetic to his family and Georgia fans – saying that he had embarrassed himself and Georgia.
Sanders didn’t specifically say Richt would have him back at Georgia, but all indications are that the former Tucker player would like to return to the Bulldogs. And while that remains to be seen, Sanders wouldn’t be the first former Georgia player to wind up in Milledgeville with an eye on returning to the program a year later. The most notable success was Odell Thurman, who used his sidetrack to GMC as a springboard to a very successful two years afterwards in Athens. But other former Dawgs have not made it back to Athens after winding up at GMC.
Sanders is hopeful that he can make the most of this turn in his career – a position he admits he got himself into.
“I felt bad because I let a lot of people who have supported me and loved me down. I let myself down, too,” he admitted. “This is the first time I have gotten in trouble at Georgia. A lot of folks are going to look at me like I am a bad kid – I am not a bad kid. But I am going to move forward and learn from my mistakes.”
When asked why Marshall and Seay were no longer with the program Sanders wouldn’t say.
“I’m not going to get into that,” he said – saying that he was focusing on himself and his future.
The most difficult part? Explaining his mistake to his family.
“My mother… what she said when I told her about this – it hurt me,” Sanders said. “I felt like I’d let her down more than I let myself down because we’ve been talking about this whole issue since I was little. We have always talked about me staying out of trouble so that I am not on the Internet. I just hope Domanique (Sanders’ younger brother) learns from my mistake. I want him to just see how strong I am and how I can move forward. I think God did this to wake me up – to surround me with positive people, and to be a better person.”
In the meantime Sanders will be pulling for the program he could return to in the near future.
“It will feel funny watching Georgia play in the fall because I could have been in that position, and I could have been playing,” he said. “At the end of the day you have to learn from your mistakes and move forward.”