On Sanford: Spot receiver, who fill an important role as a control receiver ... Understands the offense as a former quarterback ... Plays a key role with an element of surprise ... Moved to wide receiver after coming to UMass as a quarterback prior to the 2006 season ... Strong blocker as a receiver ... Solid contributor on special teams coverage.
As a redshirt senior in 2009: Game-by-Game Statistics
As a redshirt junior in 2008: Converted quarterback who was in second year as a receiver ... In 11 games was third on team with 20 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown ... On first six career catches, scored three touchdowns (one in 2008) ... Three catches in finale vs. Hofstra (11/22) for 25 yards ... Three catches for 30 yards at #13 New Hampshire (11/15) ... Snagged two catches for 22 yards at Rhode Island (11/1) ... Two catches for career-best 34 yards against Bryant (10/25) ... Three catches for 13 yards vs. #9 Richmond (10/18) ... Had a seven-yard catch at Northeastern (10/11) ... Completed a 37-yard pass to Tony Nelson off an option pass against #16 Delaware (10/4). Also had a 9-yard catch ... Grabbed career-high three receptions at #7 James Madison (9/13) in state homecoming, for 24 yards ... In season debut at Holy Cross (9/6), scored third career touchdown on just six catches on a 25-yard reception. Finished with two catches for 31 yards.
As a redshirt sophomore in 2007: Saw action in all 13 games as a reserve receiver ... Made four catches for 71 yards ... Caught two touchdowns in his limited action ... Hauled in a 22-yard catch at #4 Southern Illinois (12/1) in NCAA Quarterfinal for first catch in seven games ... Snagged a 17-yard touchdown with 2:09 left in regulation for game-tying score to send Villanova (10/13) game to overtime. UMass won in four OTs, 32-24 ... Had a 26-yard catch against Towson (9/15) ... Opened the year with a six-yard TD catch for first college reception against Holy Cross (9/1) ... Also had a special teams tackle against Crusaders.
As a redshirt freshman in 2006: Played in 11 of 15 games, all on special teams ... Took snaps at quarterback once against Stony Brook (9/23) ... Provided coverage on kickoff team ... Made two big special teams tackles against New Hampshire (12/2) in NCAA Quarterfinal.
As a freshman in 2005 (at Virginia): Did not play in any games, taking a redshirt season at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
Before College: He is a native of Charlottesville, Va., and graduated from Monticello High School before a post-graduate year at Bridgton Academy in Maine in 2004-05 ... A 2004 graduate of Monticello, finished his high school career ranked second all-time in passing in Central Virginia with 4,310 yards and was second-team all-state in VHSL Group AA as a senior.
Personal: Joseph P. Sanford ... Born March 20, 1986 in Charlottesville, Va. ... Son of Barb and Mark Sanford ... Majoring in Hospitality and Hotel Management.
Career Statistics (Receiving)
Year GP/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2007 13/0 4 71 17.8 2 26 2008 11/0 20 199 9.9 1 25 18.1 2009 11/3 16 240 15.0 0 42 Totals 45/3 40 510 12.8 3 42
Receptions: 3 five times (last, vs. Rhode Island, 9/19/09) Receiving Yards: 76 vs. Rhode Island (9/19/09) Long Reception: 42 vs. Rhode Island (9/19/09) Touchdowns: 1 three times, last at Holy Cross (9/8/08)