Isaiah Sanders - U.S. Air Force Academy - Quarterback

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

United States Air Force Academy Senior Quarterback, Isaiah Sanders, is one of the nine semifinalists in 2019. Isaiah carries a 3.89 GPA studying systems engineering while getting a minor in Spanish language. He’s made the Dean’s Honor list every semester and the Dean’s Ace list twice. That’s having a 4.0 GPA during a semester.

Sanders was named a semifinalist for the prestigious 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation to the nation's top scholar athlete.

Sanders was recognized as one of eight Davey O’Brien "Great 8" performers for his game against UNLV.  That performance earned him @mountainwestconference Player of the Week too.

Sanders is the vice president of Undivided, a non-profit focused on strengthening communities and helping community members create positive change in their spheres of influence, has served a volunteer at several Fellowship of Christian Athletes summer camps and leads a bible study at the Academy for classmates.


  • 3.89 GPA in Systems Engineering with a focus in human factors

  • In the process of obtaining a Spanish Language Minor (present)

  • Currently ranked 25 out of 1011 cadets in my graduating class academically (present)

  • Cumulative 3.89 GPA (which breaks down into a 3.9 core GPA and 3.85 Majors GPA) (2016-present)

  • Dean’s Ace list 2 out of my 5 full semesters so far at the Academy, meaning I achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA those semesters – only approximately 20 out of 4000 cadets receive such distinction each semester (2016-2017)


  • 2 year starter at quarterback

  • 1 of 8 Davey O’Brien Great 8 performances for performance against UNLV (2018)

  • Named Mountain West offensive player of the week for football performance against UNLV - 390 total yards - second most in school history in one game for a quarterback (2018)

  • Set multiple records regarding numbers of carries in a game against Utah St in first ever college football start (2017)

  • Earned recognition as Colorado Chapter of the National Football Foundation Player of the Week for performance against Utah St in first ever collegiate start (2017)


  • On track to participate in a cadet research program with Lockheed Martin in Orlando this summer (future, 2019)            

  • Helping orchestrate a large-scale outreach event that will help serve the community (present)

  • Work with and have been asked to become the Vice President of Undivided, a company in the process of reaching non-profit status that focuses on strengthening communities and on helping community members create positive change in their spheres of influence  (2018-present)

  • I have gone out in the community, whether at local high school’s FCA events, retreats, or the Academy’s SPIRE groups, and performed personal Spoken Word pieces and/or presented biblically-related messages for an estimated 1000+ people over the past year or so; thus, I have served by helping equip and encourage my peers, high schoolers, and even adults in attendance with truth and wisdom (2018-present)

  • Served in the community by speaking for a local high school's FCA meeting and encouraging/equipping the approximate 25-30 students there (2018)

  • Keynote/featured speaker at a retreat for high schoolers looking to go deeper in their faith; I presented 3 different messages concerning the topic of identity to the approximate 60 students and adults in attendance (2018)

  • Helped pack boxes with meals and other useful items that were put together to be given to the homeless (2018).

  • Volunteered at 3 different FCA summer camps, helping guide and develop multiple different groups of middle and high school age students (2017-2018)

  • Served as a co-leader of a small group in the Academy’s God Chasers group (a Bible study group), allowing me the opportunity to help guide and instruct fellow classmates (2017-2018)            

  • Helped orchestrate a combined graduation party for local high schools in my community to provide a safe and sober alternative to celebrate graduation, and the event held over 300 in attendance (2016)

  • Lead on the football team, composed of over 100 cadet-athletes, as a quarterback by leading by example and vocally motivating my teammates, as well (2016-present)

  • Serve as our football team’s community service representative (present)

  • Lead as the cadet-in-charge of our Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) group, which has averaged around 40 cadets in attendance weekly, by helping plan events and run our Monday meetings (2018-present)  

  • I currently operate as a cadet flight non-commissioned officer for my squadron, meaning that I am to help with the morale and functioning of a flight containing approximately 30 members; I am also the direct line of contact for three element leaders should issues arise within their respective groups of subordinates (present)

  • Served as a survival skills instructor during my rising junior year, allowing me the opportunity to instruct and teach multiple different groups of cadets skills that could be useful/essential in a survival situation (2018).

  • Selected to be on my football team’s leadership council, making me one of the liaisons between our head coach and the over 100 football players on the team (2018)

  • Selected as the cadet-in-charge for my Ops Air Force group my rising junior year, putting me in a position of responsibility for myself and the 5 other cadets with whom I traveled to Misawa, Japan to learn about the Air Force experience and Japanese culture at this operational base (2018)

  • Team-lead for a small group of cadets during an evasion and survival program my rising sophomore year, providing me another opportunity to practice peer leadership (2017


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