Tremendous size and athletic ability for a free safety ... enters his third season as the starter ... teams with Atari Bigby to form one of the best safety tandems in the nation ... ninth in school history with 255 total tackles, one more than Bigby.
Led the team with 113 tackles in 12 games including 12 starts ... 70 solo stops and two interceptions ... broke up six passes and also recorded one sack ... 11-tackle performance in season-opener at Virginia Tech (Aug. 31) ... six solo stops and a pass breakup vs. the Hokies ... three tackles and two pass breakups vs. Florida Atlantic (Sept. 13) ... second on the team with 10 tackles (eight solo) at Syracuse (Sept. 20) ... also credited with a quarterback hurry ... 10 tackles at Kent State (Sept. 27) ... broke up two passes vs. the Golden Flashes, which tied a career-high ... eight tackles in starting role vs. Buffalo (Oct. 4) ... five tackles at Akron (Oct. 18) ... also blocked a first quarter field goal attempt ... best game of season came vs. Central Michigan ... team-high 14 tackles (eight solo) and a sack .... played the best game of the year to date at West Virginia (Nov. 1) ... led team with 14 tackles (seven solo) ... also recorded his second career interception in the end zone ... 10 tackles (six solo) at Eastern Michigan (Nov. 8) ... 12-tackle performance vs. Marshall (Nov. 19) ... blocked second field goal of the season to set a single-season blocked kicks record for the Golden Knights.
Started all 12 games for the Golden Knights and finished the season second on the squad with 119 tackles, ranking him 13th in the MAC ... led the team with 74 solo stops and also had 45 assists ... recorded double-digits in tackles five times (Marshall 14, Liberty, 15, Toledo 14, Buffalo 11 and Miami 12) ... season-high against Liberty included eight solo and seven assisted tackles ... recorded a season-best 11 solo tackles versus Toledo ... one tackle-for-loss and was second on the team with three interceptions ... returned a fumble 64 yards against Akron and had a 50-yard interception return against Buffalo, marking the eighth longest in UCF history and the third longest non-scoring return of a turnover ever for the Golden Knights ... finished the year with six pass breakups... named the team's Most Improved Defensive Player.
Saw considerable action as a true freshman, logging playing time in all 11 games ... finished the year with 23 total tackles, 14 of them unassisted ... also had one quarterback hurry and two pass breakups ... best game statistically was against Virginia Tech when he tallied six tackles ... registered at least one tackle in 10 games and had more than one tackle in seven games.
Sands graduated from Titustville's Astronaut High School in 2001 ... played for coach Randy Hallock ... helped Astronaut to a runner-up finish in the state playoffs ... tallied 117 tackles and four interceptions as a senior after posting 130 tackles, two interceptions, 20 catches for 296 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior ... earned all-region, all-state, all-Space Coast, and all-district honors ... named to Bill Buchalter's "Dandy Dozen" and the Orlando Sentinel''s Top 100 list in Florida ... also excelled in basketball with more than 10 points per game, and track with a personal best of 6 feet 5 inches in the high jump.
Sands is a criminal justice major ... born June 29, 1982, in DeLand ... son of William and Bertha Sands.