The West Virginia Roughriders have signed 6" 4' defensive back Robert Sands for the 2019 season, the team announced on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.
Sands, a former 3 year starting defensive back at the University of West Virginia (2008-2010), was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 5th Round of the 2011 NFL Draft after deciding to forgo his senior season at WVU. Shortly after his time with Cincinnati, Sands would find playing time in the CFL (Canadian Football League) with the Edmonton Eskimos (2014-2015) as well as with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2016). Following his time in the CFL, Sands signed with the LA Kiss of the Arena Football League in 2016 and most recently in 2017 with the team he most recently has played for, the National Arena League's (NAL) Columbus lions.
The West Virginia Roughriders Owner and General Manager, Gregg Fornario, is looking forward to having such a player with Sands' size and skill level to help slow down the fast pace offenses of arena football. "We are excited to bring on a player such as Sands. With his size, speed and arena football experience he will quickly become a true leader on defense and in the locker room." Fornario would also go onto say that having guys that have played together in the past like, Noel Devine, Jarrett Brown, and now Robert Sands, will help with creating a quick and natural chemistry in training camp. "These guys have all been through the ringer together" said Fornario, "Cannot ask for a better situation going into a short camp come February."
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