The 90 Illini #42: Carlos Sandy


Robert
Jul 19, 2021
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Each time I write one of these 90 Illini posts I have this template I use for the stats below. The default weight in the height & weight section is 260 lbs (I used Owen Carney's stats as my template). For Carlos Sandy, I just updated all his stats but I forgot to update the weight at first. So I went back to proofread and it said "wide receiver, 5'-9", 260 lbs" for a bit. Man would I love a 5'-9" 260 lb receiver on the roster.

My brain just told me I already wrote an intro like this when I nearly forgot to update the height and weight for another player earlier in the countdown. So I'm just going to move on to the stats now.

42. Carlos Sandy

Wide Receiver
Uniform number: 11
Year in school: Redshirt Sophomore (without the Covid waiver, 2 years to play 2; with the Covid waiver, technically 3 years to play 3)
Height: 5'-9" -- Weight: 180 lbs.
Hometown: Danica Beach, Florida
High School: Cardinal Gibbons HS
Five best offers: Syracuse, Colorado State, East Carolina, Southern Miss, Appalachian State
Tom Cruise rating:

2020 statistics: Played in 5 games - 1 catch, a 29-yard TD catch against Iowa.

Background

What an interesting career so far. Let's just refer to Carlos Sandy as the "did you forget about me?" guy on the roster.

Not much was expected of Sandy coming in (deep WR rotation at the time, lower-ranked recruit), but there he was, in his third game as a freshman, starting. And for most of the 2018 season, he was the starting punt returner.

Then, in 2019, he's nowhere to be seen. If Lovie was one to talk about injuries (he was not), we would have known that Sandy was injured that entire season. We did not know that. All we knew was that Sandy played in the bowl game - his first game of the season - and it was that day that we learned that he had been rehabbing an injury the entire season. Then, in the game, he grabs four "hey guys, did you forget about me?" catches.

Last year, he's off the radar again. His only catch was a "did you forget about me?" touchdown catch in the Iowa game. So he seemed to be on the lower end of the WR rotation. But in the spring game, under the new coaching staff, he's one of the four wide receivers on the Orange Team (first string).

2021 Outlook

Who can possibly say?

On one hand, the four receivers on the Orange Team in April were Donny Navarro, Brian Hightower, Carlos Sandy, and Khmari Thompson. So that would indicate that the coaching staff looked at the receivers they were inheriting and chose those guys as their top-4.

On the other hand, Isaiah Williams and Marquez Beason have moved to wide receiver, Jafar Armstrong has arrived from Notre Dame, and Pat Bryant has arrived as a freshman, so the competition this camp will be a lot different than it was in the spring. So it will be up to Sandy to, for maybe the fifth time, say "hey guys, did you forget about me"?

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