Nov 11, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Shedeur Sanders (2) at the line of scrimmage in the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado QB Shedeur Sanders dealing with back fracture

Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders is dealing with “a fracture in his back” after being sacked 52 times this season, according to his brother.

Deion Sanders Jr. announced the news in a video late Sunday on his YouTube channel.

Their father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, finished 4-8 in his first season as head coach of the Buffaloes.

Shedeur Sanders started the first 11 games before sitting out Saturday’s season-ending 23-17 loss at Utah with arm and ankle injuries.

“It’s crazy because I feel good, bro,” Shedeur told Deion Jr. in the video. “But when I start running for real, it’s like the idea is like, ‘Ah, I feel good,’ but realistically … you can’t. I can’t even throw right now.”

Shedeur Sanders, who followed his dad from Jackson State, completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 3,230 yards with 27 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. He also rushed for four scores.

Sanders’ 52 sacks were the most in the nation this season. The NCAA single-season record is 60, set by Pittsburgh’s Tino Sunseri in 2011.

–Field Level Media

Dec 18, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jackson State Tigers defensive back Shilo Sanders (21) warms up prior to the game against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during the 2021 Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Shilo Sanders, Deion’s son, officially commits to Colorado

Former Jackson State safety Shilo Sanders announced his transfer to Colorado, a move that allows him to join his father and younger brother.

His father, Deion, is the new head coach of the Buffaloes, while Shedeur is the team’s expected starting quarterback.

Shilo Sanders entered the transfer portal on Dec. 17 but remained at Jackson State to complete his undergraduate degree this spring.

He confirmed his transfer destination late Saturday night with a glitzy video posted on Twitter that concluded with him wearing a Colorado uniform and the word “COMMITTED.”

Shilo Sanders recorded 20 tackles and one interception in 2022 in seven games, one season removed from collecting four picks, two forced fumbles and 39 tackles en route to earning second-team all-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors.

He spent his first two seasons at South Carolina before transferring to play for his father.

Deion Sanders inherited a program at Jackson State that went 4-8 in 2019, the season before his arrival. The Pro Football Hall of Fame member quickly turned around the Tigers with 11-2 and 12-1 seasons from 2021-22 before landing the Colorado job.

The Buffs are coming off a 1-11 season under Karl Dorrell (fired after an 0-5 start) and interim coach Mike Sanford.

–Field Level Media

Sep 21, 2020; Jackson, MS, USA; Deion Sanders smiles as he is introduced as Jackson State's head football coach at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center at JSU Monday, September 21, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger-USA TODAY NETWORK

Deion Sanders’ QB son commits to Jackson State

Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders is quite familiar with his latest recruit.

Quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Deion’s son, committed to Jackson State on Friday, reneging on the commitment he made to Florida Atlantic in July.

The younger Sanders, ranked the 60th-best overall prospect for 2021 by ESPN, is the highest-rated prospect on ESPN’s lists ever to commit to a historically Black college or university (HBCU) and the top-rated recruit in Jackson State history.

Shedeur Sanders tweeted, “I couldn’t pass up a opportunity to help level the playing field & pursue equality for HBCU’s! Dad I got your back! JSU … COMMITTED”

247 Sports lists Sanders as the No. 14 pro-style quarterback in his graduating class. Sanders, who is 6-foot-1, 198 pounds, is playing his senior season for Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas. In 2019, he guided the school to a third consecutive Division II state championship among private and parochial schools.

Various sources put Sanders’ passing totals through his junior year just below 9,000 yards.

Jackson State hired Deion Sanders as its head coach in September. A Pro Football Hall of Famer who also played in baseball’s major leagues, Sanders’ only previous coaching experience was all at the high school level. He was Trinity Christian’s offensive coordinator from 2017-20.

Jackson State’s football schedule was postponed from the fall to the spring along with the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference slate. The Tigers’ opener is now on tap for Feb. 21 against Edward Waters College of Jacksonville, Fla.

–Field Level Media