Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 58, the number once worn by WVU offensive guard, Ken Sandor.
Originally from Roebling, NJ, Sandor spent four seasons as a member of the WVU football program, from 1999 to 2002. Sandor first started in the program during the final days of the Don Nehlen tenure, and remained with the program during the beginning of the Rich Rodriguez era.
In his first two seasons in the program, Sandor saw very little playing time, mostly serving the team on special teams, and as a back-up. The team garnered mixed results in 1999 and 2000, going 4-7 the first season, and then returned to the post season following a 6-5 regular season campaign. The Mountaineers went on to win the 2000 Music City Bowl against Ole Miss 49-38 to end an eight game losing streak in bowl games; a streak that has somewhat marred Don Nehlen’s legendary coaching career.
In 2001, Sandor became a full time starter in an offense that had to face the heavy burden of transitioning from a conventional pro-style offense to coach Rich Rodriguez’s innovative spread offense. This, along with a large array of personnel issues led to the Mountaineers finishing 3-8 in Sandor’s first full season as a starter. However, 2001 was not all bad as this was the first time Sandor had the opportunity to block for his high school teammate, Avon Cobourne, on the college level.
Sandor’s senior year went down as a success as the Mountaineers compiled a 9-3 regular season mark; a complete turnaround from the year prior. The team went on a 4 game winning streak at the end of the regular season which including victories over Boston College, Virginia Tech, and Pitt. Sandor earned 2nd team, All-Big East honors from the conference, and the team earned a bid to the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl.
Ken Sandor earned his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 2003. He would then stay at the school to earn a master’s from 2003 to 2005. Most recently, Sandor has served as a senior safety engineer for Lockheed Martin. He’s occupied the role since 2009, and currently resides in the Chicago metropolitan area.
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