Ohio State Overview: C.J. Saunders is a talented wide receiver who initially walked on to the team but earned a scholarship in the spring of 2017 … Saunders is in his fourth season with the Buckeyes and is coming off a 2018 season that saw him play in 11 games … he enters his final season with the Scarlet and Gray a veteran of 23 games with 27 receptions for 294 yards and one touchdown … Saunders returned eight punts and two kickoffs in 2018 … he enjoyed a breakthrough 2017 campaign that included 17 catches for 221 yards – an average of 20.1 yards per catch … played cornerback his first year with the team, and even intercepted a Joe Burrow pass in fall camp of 2016, but then switched to receiver … he caught passes in eight different games with career highs of six receptions and 102 receiving yards vs. UNLV in 2017 … long reception was 50 yards, also vs. UNLV … Saunders is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree who was enrolled in the Fisher School of Business while working on his degree in accounting.
Honors and Awards
2019: Graduated in May with his degree in accounting
2018: Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2017: Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2016: OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on C.J.: Saunders was a three-sport standout at Coffman High School, lettering twice in football and earning three letters apiece in the sports of baseball and basketball … earned all-conference and all-district honors in all three sports and was a team captain for all three … caught 39 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns for an unbeaten Shamrocks team, coached by Mark Crabtree, that won the Ohio Capital Conference Central Division … averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 steals for the Coffman basketball team that finished 22-2 and also won a conference championship … is the son of Janie and Tim Saunders, both of whom are school teachers, and his dad is coach of the Coffman baseball team … Mom was a three-time All-America swimmer (once at Tennessee and two times at Indiana) … has one sister, Shelby, who attends Indiana.