Friday, June 12, 2015

Mike Sanford and Indiana State Football Program


Mike Sanford

Mike Sanford, a former quarterback for the USC Trojans of the 1970s, is in his third season as head coach of the Indiana State Football program and he is making strides to turn the program around. 

Last year, the Sycamores finished with an 8-6 overall record with its first trip to the playoffs since 1984.  Sanford was named the AFCA Regional Coach Of The Year.

The Sycamores were led by quarterback Mike Perish who ended his career with school record for pass completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns.  Last year he also set a season record for touchdown pass receptions at 21. Perish graduated from Marist High School in Chicago.

The Sycamore's defensive squad was led by Connor Underwood a First Team All-MVFC performer who finished the season with 94 tackles, a school record 13.5 quarterback sacks, and 25 tackles for a loss.  Underwood is starting his senior season. Underwood lettered in football, basketball, and track at Washington Community High School.  He played for Coach Darrell Crouch.

Coming on staff with Sanford, was linebacker guru, Brian Cabral, who came over from a long coaching career from the University of Colorado. Cabral is the Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Cabral has been one of the nations top recruiters and player developers of Polynesian players for decades. 
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