CHARLOTTE, N.C. – VMI senior defensive back Greg Sanders received the 2017 Defender of the Nation Award as part of the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet Monday night hosted by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
Before a large gathering at the Charlotte Convention Center, Sanders received his award with 2017 Bronko Nagurski Award winner Bradley Chubb of NC State and Legends Award recipient and former Notre Dame lineman Ross Browner.
Sanders (Cordova, Tenn./Christian Brothers), twice named second team All-SoCon at DB in 2016 and 2017, posted 92 tackles in 2017 which ranked tied for eighth in tackles per game (8.4) in the SoCon. He co-led the team in passes defended with six breakups despite playing six games with a club after sustaining a broken hand in the season opener at Air Force September 2. Sanders posted four double-digit tackle games this past season including a career-high 16 stops at Furman October 14. He was announced as 2017 Defender of the Nation Award recipient in November.
The award which is presented by the Independence Fund honors a defensive football player from the Nation’s Service Academies and Senior Military Colleges including: Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI, and West Point. The recipient was selected based on academic, athletic and community achievements, but most importantly on exceptional leadership qualities on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. The recipient selected must have also exhibited a high standard of integrity by leading through example.
Sanders, an Economics and Business major who plans to commission in the United States Air Force after graduation from the Institute next spring, is a three-time SoCon Academic Honor Roll honors recipient.
Portions of the Bronko Nagurski Awards banquet will be rebroadcast on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, December 7.