Tony Sands

Tony Sands

Known as Tony “Tuxedo” Sands, you were always in for a show when Tony Sands had the ball in his hands. As a standout running back for the Jayhawks from 1988-1991, Sands amassed 3,788 yards on 778 and 28 touchdowns in his Jayhawk career, which all stood as school records upon his departure. For his efforts, he was named Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year for the 1991 season and made the All-Big Eight First Team and All-America Third Team. Sands will forever stay in the Big Eight record books as his 3,788 career rushing yards rank eighth all-time while his 777 rushing attempts land him fourth on the all-time list. Sands may be most known for his final game of his KU career, where he set the FBS record for rushing attempts with 58 and rushing yards with 396 in a 53-29 victory over Missouri in 1991. Sands still owns the KU records in both of those categories, while he ranks second in school history in career rushing yards and attempts, while he owns the most 100-yard rushing games in school history with 17.


Running Back



Induction Date

Oct. 7, 2023

Career Stats

3,788 Career Rushing Yards
28 Career Rushing Touchdowns
58 FBS Record for Carries in a Game
396 FBS Record for Rushing Yards in a Game