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Lake Dallas QB Sanders follows dad to Colleyville Heritage

Drew Sanders, a coveted college prospect who last season turned heads as a freshman in limited playing time as Lake Dallas' quarterback, has transferred to Colleyville Heritage.

Sanders is following his father, Mitch Sanders, who is now an assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator for Heritage. Mitch Sanders was a head coach in Oregon for 13 years before accepting a job coaching wide receivers at Lake Dallas last season.

"I don't blame [Mitch]. It was a good opportunity, and a big thing for his family and career out here in Texas," Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said. "He's a good coach, and his son is a good player."

Entering his sophomore year, Sanders has offers from eight Football Bowl Subdivision programs, including SMU, TCU, Oklahoma, Baylor and Houston. 

Sanders went to Lake Dallas with his dad and was one of several players who took snaps under center for a team that hasn't been able to stay healthy at the position in recent years. Spencer Frederickson entered the year as Lake Dallas' starter but missed time due to injury. 

Sanders threw for 392 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 438 yards and eight scores. Lake Dallas finished 5-5 and missed the playoffs a year after being one win shy of the state title game in 2015.

Sanders' departure does not decimate Lake Dallas' quarterback depth chart. Ryan Depperschmidt is returning after seeing considerable playing time last year. Young said Brandon Engel also has preformed well this offseason.

Mitch Sanders said his son's opportunities at Heritage are to be determined, despite the Panthers needing a new starter at quarterback. Former starter Cam Roane graduated and signed with San Diego State. As a senior, Roane led the Panthers to the fourth round of the playoffs, where they lost to Ryan.

Heritage has two senior quarterbacks waiting to take over the top spot, Mitch Sanders said.

"This is a move that's a better opportunity for me to take on a larger role," Mitch Sanders said. "Unfortunately, that's part of being a coach's son. Drew's play will have to speak for itself. If he's our best guy, then hey, great. If not, we want to win ballgames and will go with someone else.

"I was extremely thankful to Lake Dallas for giving me and my family the chance to come down here last spring from Oregon. This is hard, but Heritage is a great opportunity moving forward."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.