RENO — The Nevada football team announced  the addition of two four-year transfers to the defensive secondary for the 2021 season.

Bentlee Sanders, started 15 games at safety over the past three seasons at South Florida, and Miles Hayes, a starting safety from William and Mary, have signed to join the Wolf Pack as transfers this season.

Both are expected to enroll for the spring semester and will participate in offseason workouts and be eligible the upcoming 2021 fall season.

Sanders is a multi-position player who can play safety and nickel, and who also has excellent ability as a kickoff returner. 

He played in six games in 2020 with four starts, recording 25 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, to go along with two pass breakups and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown against Houston.

A Tampa native, Sanders prepped at Tampa Catholic High School before playing for his hometown school.

He graduated from USF this past fall with a degree in integrated public relations and advertising.

“He’s a cover guy. He can line up and play bump-and-run coverage and he’s a play-maker,” said Nevada head coach Jay Norvell.”

Hayes comes from a football family. His father played at Idaho and professionally in the USFL before spending time in the NFL as an assistant coach.

His brother played at Wisconsin and he has an uncle who played professionally with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Cincinnati native spent the past four seasons at FCS William and Mary.

He tied for the team lead and was ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2019 with three interceptions.

He totaled 46 tackles that season with 1.5 for a loss, five pass breakups and a forced fumble.

“He’s a really heady player,” Norvell said. “He’s an excellent run-stopper.”


Jacques Badolato-Birdsell RB 5-11 200   Fr.      HS      Camas, Wash. (Camas HS)

Jeremiah Bodwin           DE      6-4   210   Fr.      HS      Dallas, Texas (Parish Episcopal HS)

Carlton Brown                TE       6-6   215   Fr.      HS      San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Mission Prep HS)

Zion Burns                      DB      6-0   185   Fr.      HS      San Tan Valley, Ariz. (Poston Butte HS)

Ty Collins                        RB      5-11 200   Fr.      HS      Forney, Texas (North Forney HS)

Chace Davis                   DE      6-5   265   Jr.       TR      Whittier, Calif. (East Los Angeles College)

Dominic Eldridge          OL      6-5   300   Fr.      HS      Dallas, Texas (L.G. Pinkston HS)

Miles Hayes                    DB      6-3   195   Sr.      TR      Cincinnati, Ohio (William and Mary)

Trevyn Heil                     OL      6-3   280   Fr.      HS      Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS)

Zachary Lewis                DB      5-11 185   Fr.      HS      Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)

Andrew Madrigal          OL      6-4   300   Fr.      HS      Norco, Calif. (Norco HS)

Caleb Manson               DE      6-6   235   Fr.      HS      Orange, Calif. (El Modena HS)

Lysander Moeolo          OL      6-5   350   Fr.      HS      Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS)

Dazure Paggett             WR    6-0   160   Fr.      HS      San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln HS)

Bentlee Sanders            DB      5-9   175   Sr.      TR      Tampa, Fla. (USF)

Drew Scolari                   QB     6-2   185   Fr.      HS      Reno, Nev (Bishop Manogue HS)

Aedan Seiuli                   DB      6-3   210   Fr.      HS      Spanish Fork, Utah (Maple Mountain HS)

Dwight Togiloa              DL      6-3   270   Fr.      HS      Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS)

Richard Toney Jr.           DB      6-0   175   Fr.      HS      Arlington, Texas (Arlington HS)

Dion Washington          DE      6-3   265   Fr.      HS      Las Vegas, Nev. (Shadow Ridge HS)

Drue Watts                     LB      6-0   215   Fr.      HS      Palmdale, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS)