Deion Sanders went out of his way to console injured TCU running back Trey Sanders during Colorado’s 2023 season-opener on Saturday. There was a reason for that!
Trey Sanders, a former five-star prospect, committed to Alabama as the No. 14-ranked player in the college football recruiting Class of 2019. Unfortunately, injuries derailed the early portion of his career.
Sanders tore his ACL during his first fall camp and was granted a medical redshirt. He then suffered serious injuries in a car crash during the second half of the 2020 season.
Although Sanders battled back and got on the field, he quickly fell down the depth chart in Tuscaloosa. The stacked running back room ultimately led the 6-foot-0, 222-pound junior to transfer to TCU during the offseason with two years of eligibility remaining.
The reason I didn’t take him was because he sustained some significant injuries and Coach (Charles) Kelly knew about those injuries and Coach Sal (Sunseri), so we didn’t take him.— Deion Sanders, via The Colorado Football Coaches Show
As a result, Sanders landed at TCU and his debut for the Horned Frogs was off to a great start. His third touchdown of the afternoon capped a strong opening performance.
Less than five minutes earlier, Sanders went down with an injury during the early portion of the fourth quarter. As he laid on the field, Coach Prime came over to check on him and show some love.
It was a classy move with a previously unknown deeper meaning. Coach Prime offered high praise for the opposing running back while he was down on the field.
I still had love for the kid because he wanted to play for us. So, I went out there and I said, ‘Son, now you know if you don’t get up, they ain’t got a chance. So I want you to get your butt up and get back in this game and be dominant like you’ve been.’— Deion Sanders, via The Colorado Football Coaches Show
Sure enough, Sanders got his butt up, got back in the game and was dominant like he had been!