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Spencer Sanders Beats Out Jalen Hurts for Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

The first of many awards for Sanders.

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Spencer Sanders picked up the first weekly conference honor of the season for an OSU football player on Monday as he was named the league’s Newcomer of the Week.

Sanders scored three times and accumulated 301 yards of total offense while not turning it over in OSU’s win over McNeese on Saturday. He edged out rival quarterback Jalen Hurts, who also scored three times in a win and also put up just over 300 yards of total offense. Hurts was named the Newcomer of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week in the Big 12 in Week 1.

Sanders’ complete outing included 250 yards passing, three passing touchdowns and 51 yards rushing. In the third quarter, he dropped a 75-yard beauty to Tylan Wallace that went for six, the longest passing play for OSU since 2017, when Rudolph and Washington connected for a 77-yard strike against Tulsa.

“The good news is, after a shaky start, our quarterback was firing back, like what we saw back in Oregon,” said OSU offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson of Sanders. “He was putting the ball in people’s faces and letting them run after the catch.”

 

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