After a start in which he gained 53 yards on 25 carries in the first two games of the season (though he passed Eric Dickerson as the active leader in career rushing yards), Sanders ran for an NFL record 14 consecutive 100 yard games, including two 200 yard performances, en route to rushing for 2,053 yards.
In reaching the 2,000 yard plateau, he became only the third player to do so in a single season and the first since O. Simpson to rush for 2,000 yards in a span of 14 consecutive games.
During that seven-game span, Sanders averaged 10.2 yards per carry, but he was overlooked by most college recruiters.
In 1996, Sanders rushed for 1,553 yards with a career-low 147 receiving yards.
Sanders' greatest season came in 1997 when he became a member of the 2,000 rushing yards club.
Sanders was far too quick for defenders to hit solidly on a consistent basis, and too strong to bring down with arm tackles.
Though short at 5'8", his playing weight was 203 lb (91 kg) – the same as Walter Payton, and only slightly under the NFL average for a running back.
He was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college player in the nation and was unanimously recognized as an All-American.