"It doesn't take long to talk about that," said Sanders, UK's new quarterback coach, when asked about his collegiate career. "I got there in 1984 and that was when pretty much everybody redshirted and most of the time did not play until your sophomore year. I did my time. I competed with Jeff Francis for the starting job and Jeff ended up winning.
"We split time for a while, but he became the starter. I turned into a career back-up quarterback. I had separated my shoulder in high school and the doctors told me I would eventually get arthritis. About the end of my freshman year, sure enough I developed arthritis. Jeff probably would have beat me out any way, but that didn't help. It changed the way I threw the ball and I lost velocity and distance. So I understand adversity when a player has to deal with it because I went through the same thing."
Sanders says coaching a starting quarterback is easy. It's the second- and third-team players who are harder to coach. "Everybody that goes to college has aspirations of being a star and going on to the NFL. Every kid has those aspirations. It's a hard thing when you realize you are not going to make a living playing this game. That's a hard reality for a kid who is 18, 19 or 20 to realize when that has been his life-long dream.
"Usually life is pretty good for the starters. You are still living the dream. The backups have to come to the reality that their dreams likely are not going to happen. Those guys are still valuable members of your football team, though. Injuries happen. People have bad days. Backups have to be prepared to play. You are only as strong as your weakest link and you never want the backup or third team player at your position to be that weak link. So it is a challenge not only to coach those guys, but to make them understand why they are still important. But since I have been in their shoes, it at least makes it a little easier for me to know how they feel."
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