Jamarca Deshaun Sanford is a safety for the Minnesota Vikings, who selected him with the 231st overall pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Sanford played four seasons at Ole Miss. Sanford is 5-feet, 10-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.
Prep Career
At South Penola High School in Batesville, MS, Sanford helped the Tigers go 15-0 and win a state championship in 2003, following a 14-1 runner-up finish in 2002. Rivals.com ranked Sanford as the No. 19 recruit in the state of Mississippi after a senior season in which he recorded 98 total tackles, three interceptions and 7.0 sacks. He chose Ole Miss over Marshall and Mississippi State.
Freshman Year
After redshirting the 2004 season, Sanford started 10 games in 2005, finishing with 58 total tackles and two fumble recoveries. He was a third team Freshman All-America selection by The Sporting News, helping Mississippi State's defense finish 14th in the nation in pass defense.
Sophomore Year
As a sophomore, Sanford split his time between strong safety and linebacker, recording 64 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Junior Year
Sanford moved back to safety full-time for the 2007 season, finishing third on the team with 83 total tackles. He also had four pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Senior Year
Sanford opened his senior season by recording a career-high 13 total tackles against Memphis. He went on to finish the season with 82 total tackles and two forced fumbles. His 56 solo tackles led Mississippi State and held the team rank No. 4 in the nation in rush defense. After the 2008 season, Sanford was selected to participate in the 2009 Texas vs the Nation All-Star Classic. He had six total tackles in a losing effort for the South team.
NFL Career
Sanford was selected in the seventh round (231st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Before the 2009 season, Sanford signed a contract with Minnesota. Terms were not disclosed.