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Oklahoma State Regular Season Grades: Quarterback

See how Spencer and Dru graded out.



As we wrap up Oklahoma State’s 8-4 regular season and before we look forward to the Cowboys’ bowl matchup, let’s revisit our midseason grades and see how each position group improved (or not) during the second half of the year.

We’ll start with the QBs.

140-Character Summary: Spencer Sanders’ roller coaster freshman season dipped in the middle of the year before an encouraging, steady incline was halted due to injury. An experienced backup in Dru Brown was a luxury and probably accounted for one of those eight wins.

Best Performance: I’ll have to go with the Iowa State game just because it was a bounceback win, on the road, and it was the start of Sanders’ turnaround following a rough homecoming outing against Baylor.

Sanders went 12-of-18 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He threw one pick but it was the first sign that he was turning the corner in terms of decision-making and his cutting down on turnovers.

Worst Performance: Let’s just say that Spencer will be circling OSU’s trip to Lubbock his junior season.

Best Play: This play illustrates the strengths of Specner’s game and gives us a taste of just how dangerous he can be moving in the pocket and moving the ball downfield.

Stat that matters: <300 — If OSU’s bowl game follows suit, this will be the first year since 2009 that Oklahoma State, as a team, failed to reach 300 passing yards in a single game. Credit that to a run-heavy gameplan featuring Chuba Hubbard and the coaching staff obviously trying to slow things down to play to that strength as well as cater to a young QB.

That season was Zac Robinson’s senior season and, like 2019, OSU was without its top wideout, Dez Bryant, for a big chunk of the year. This just adds to the similarities between Robinson and Sanders. I think we’ve already seen that latter has superior arm talent and has the ceiling of a more dynamic player all around.

Hopefully with a year of experience and a bigger chunk of the playbook open, Spencer and Co. can make this stat an aberration and not the norm.

Bullet stickers (out of 10): 7 — I have to give the QB group credit overall for improvement down the stretch. A midseason grade of 5.5 was doled out between the Texas Tech and Baylor games, but Sanders improved over his final three games before going down and Dru Brown filled in admirably when his number was called.

The Future: It just might be bright. We don’t know exactly what weapons he’ll have at his disposal come next fall, but with 10 games under his belt Spencer Sanders should be ready to take the next step as QB1 — or at least he’ll be out of excuses.

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