Ohio State Overview: C.J. Saunders is a true senior but has a red-shirt season available … he is a talented wide receiver who initially walked on to the team but earned a scholarship this past spring … Saunders is in his third season with the Buckeyes and is coming off a breakthrough 2017 season when he contributed in 11 games and earned his first Varsity O letter … played cornerback his first year with the team, and even intercepted a Joe Burrow pass in fall camp of 2016, but switched to receiver last year … he is one of seven returning receivers on the team who had at least 17 receptions last year … he caught passes in eight different games with career highs of six receptions and 102 receiving yards vs. UNLV … long reception was 50 yards, also vs. UNLV … Saunders is an OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten honoree who is enrolled in the Fisher School of Business and is majoring in accounting.
Honors and Awards
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.