Deion Sanders Jr., who got more attention for activities off the field than on, is no longer on SMU’s football roster as the Mustangs started preseason practice this week.
The son of Deion Sanders played at Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus before spending one season at Atlanta Sports Academy, a prep school in Georgia. He enrolled at SMU in January of 2013 and played three seasons with the Mustangs.
His freshman season, there was a story about the bed in his dorm room featuring Versace sheets. Plus, the school’s compliance office had to make sure no NCAA rules were broken when Sanders had backstage access at a Lil Wayne concert. No violations were uncovered.
The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Sanders was listed as a wide receiver but made his biggest impact as a kick returner. As a sophomore in 2014, Sanders returned 37 kickoffs for 759 yards and set an SMU single-game record with 203 yards against South Florida. He was named second-team All-American Athletic Conference as a kick returner.
However, last season his role was reduced under first-year coach Chad Morris. Sanders had just 15 kickoff returns in 2015.
His father Deion Sanders was perplexed by his son’s diminished role.
“I haven’t been around [Morris],” he told 247Sports last December. “But it’s hard for me to understand how the only kid that was an all-conference kid on the team as a returner doesn’t start off returning. I don’t know how that works.”