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Sanders leaves UNI Coaching staff

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Northern Iowa assistant football coach Eric Sanders is leaving the school's coaching staff after a two-year stint with the program.

"I love UNI and will always be a Panther," Sanders said. "I wish our student-athletes and coaching staff nothing but the best."
 
Sanders served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons, helping the Panthers to back-to-back Missouri Valley Football Conference titles. Sanders worked with the UNI wide receivers in 2010 and took over as running backs coach in 2011.
 
"We regret losing one of the most recognized and accomplished Panthers in UNI football history," UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. "Eric proved in his short time here to be an outstanding leader of men. We wish him well in his future endeavors, but hope to see him on the coaching sideline again."
 
This past season, he coached redshirt freshman running back David Johnson to a runner-up finish for MVFC Freshman of the Year and a fourth-place finish for the Jerry Rice Award, presented to the nation's top freshman.
 
"Eric has done a great job working with our offense the past two seasons," UNI head coach Mark Farley said. "We appreciate all of his hard work and wish him the best. He's a tremendous young man with a bright future."
 
As a quarterback for the Panthers from 2004-2007, Sanders guided UNI to a record of 35-9 as a starter. He led the Panthers to 12 fourth-quarter or overtime victories in his career.
 
Sanders capped his playing career in 2007 as he led the Panthers to a perfect 12-0 regular season and No. 1 national ranking. He was the runner-up in the 2007 Walter Payton Award balloting for the nation's top FCS player. Sanders graduated from UNI in 2008.
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