MORGANTOWN - It's pretty much a foregone conclusion that at some point on Saturday afternoon Jock Sanders is going to zip past David Saunders in the West Virginia record book and become the most prolific pass-catcher in Mountaineer history.
Saunders caught 191 passes between 1995 and 1998. Sanders now has 189. If the Louisville game on Saturday is anything like his South Florida game last month, Sanders might match Saunders' record on the second play of the game.
Then again, maybe he'll just lay back and do it in a more appropriate place than Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
"To tell you the truth, I wish we were playing at home. Then you maybe get that ovation from the crowd,'' Sanders said.
OK, so Sanders catches one pass against Louisville, another at Pitt a week from Friday and then breaks the mark at home on Dec. 4 against Rutgers. That way he could also snap Khori Ivy's school record of catching a pass in 40 straight games at the same time.
"Yeah,'' he said. "I might just do that.''
Uh, no. He won't.
The truth is, Sanders doesn't much want to think about the records, any of them. Oh, he cares about them. He'll cherish them, in fact. When they come.
But he's been there before.
"Last year I got all caught up in a record and it didn't work out,'' Sanders said. "I'm not going to do that again.''
The record last year was for receptions in a season. Saunders and Shawn Foreman each hold a share of that in back-to-back seasons (1997 for Foreman, 1998 for Saunders) with 77. Sanders finished with 72. He's got a chance at it again this year with 52 and four games (including a bowl) to go. He would just have to maintain his season's average of 5.78 catches per game and then add two more somewhere along the line.
So, are you getting the idea that by the time Sanders finishes his career at the end of this season he's going to be splattered all over the record books? Career receptions, catches in a season, consecutive games with a catch?
The only place Sanders doesn't show up is in receiving yards, although he has averaged just under 10 yards per catch (9.3 for his career and 9.8 this season) and is only 36 yards away from breaking into the school's top 10 in career receiving yards. He could probably get to as high as fourth on that list if he catches the 25 passes he needs to reach the single-season receptions mark and averages a routine 9.8 yards on those catches. That would make him only the fifth Mountaineer ever to catch 2,000 yards worth of passes.