You don't have to look at C.J. Sanders film long to see the potential. The Notre Dame grad transfer will suit up for SMU next fall. Sanders returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in his career with the Irish including two in 2015 as well as a punt for six. Just when he looked to be on the verge of a breakthrough after his 2016 season, his receptions dropped from 26 to only one after Brian Kelly relegated him to special teams in 2017.
The reason for the lack of playing time isn't apparent, but the receiving corps at Notre Dame was deep.
Sanders walks into a situation at SMU where the receiving corps is rebuilding after Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn departed for the NFL. If you're looking for a comp, Sanders reminds us of Christian Kirk, both in his size and his abilities in the return game.
Sonny Dykes will undoubtedly find a use for Sanders in his Air Raid system. The system is designed to get the ball into playmaker's hands in green space and let them do stuff. Fun stuff.
Sanders will be eligible immediately, and the Mustangs open the 2018 season at North Texas.