Review the Robert Sanford Chat from Wednesday, Nov. 29
CLEVELAND -- Western Michigan senior running back Robert Sanford, a graduate of Carol City
High School, in Miami, Fla., has been honored as the 2000 Mid-American
Conference Offensive Player of the Year in voting among members of the MAC
News Media Association.
Sanford leads the MAC in rushing yards with 1,504 and is tied for rushing
touchdowns with 18. His 136.7 yards per game also ranks seventh nationally.
Sanford closed the season with seven consecutive games with 120 or more
rushing yards, including a high of 203 against Marshall.
Sanford led the Broncos to a 9-2 overall record and second consecutive
appearance in the MAC Championship game. He needs just 39 yards to become
Western's all-time leading rusher. He has 4,152 rushing yards which ranks
sixth best in MAC history.
Sanford's honor is the fifth in school history and the first for a Bronco
since Tony Kimbrough was selected in 1988 - also the last year WMU went to a
Sanford received 33 of the 61 votes cast. Also receiving notice was Toledo
running back Chester Taylor (16), Northern Illinois flanker Justin McCareins
(7), Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich (2), Northern Illinois offensive
tackle Ryan Diem (1), Akron running back Brandon Payne (1) and Eastern
Michigan quarterback Walter Church (1).
The MAC Coach of the Year and Vern Smith Leadership Award winner will both be
announced Friday afternoon at the MAC Championship luncheon in Huntington,