University of South Dakota junior running back/return specialist Jasper Sanders has been named to the Missouri Valley All-Newcomer Team as announced Tuesday by the league office.
Sanders, a native of Kansas City, KS, was the conference's second-leading kick returner in league play with a 26.7-yard average and carried a 7.1-yard average on nine punt returns. Sanders was also USD's third-leading rusher with 264 yards and three touchdowns on 81 attempts and third on the team with 12 receptions.
Prior to transferring to South Dakota, Sanders spent two years at Butler Community College, where he earned first-team all-conference and honorable mention All-American honors as a sophomore after leading the Grizzlies with 938 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. As a freshman Sanders gained 506 yards on the ground on just 48 carries and added an additional seven touchdowns.
The team was selected by a panel of the league's coaches, sports information directors and members of the media. Twenty-three student-athletes were selected to the team.