A talent that blossomed quickly at WVU, Sands had 151 tackles and five interceptions in his three college seasons, with all five of those picks coming in his sophomore season. He broke up eight passes, forced two fumbles and had a pair of sacks and 11.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in his career.
Sands displayed his versatility as a junior by playing strong safety on passing downs as safeties coach Steve Dunlap moved him around to maximize his productivity. A big hitter, Sands also showed the ability to range deep across the field to get to the ball.
Sands checked in at 6', 4" and 217 pounds at the NFL Combine. He had a 4.57 40-yard dash time, and participated in every drill during his time in Indianapolis. He recorded a 35-inch vertical jump and had 12 reps in the bench press.
Cincinnati has six safeties on its current roster, including Roy Williams (10 NFL seasons), Chris Crocker (9 seasons), Gibril Wilson (8 seasons) Chinedum Ndukwe and Reggie Nelson (5 seasons), and Tom Nelson (3 seasons).