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Spencer Sanders Finally Has Consistency in Spring

Gundy calls this spring Sanders’ best.



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A big knock on Spencer Sanders in his tenure as Oklahoma State’s quarterback has been a lack of consistency, but there hasn’t been a ton of consistency surrounding him to this point.

This is the first offseason where Sanders has the same offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach as he did the year before. As a freshman, he had Mike Yurcich. Then there was Sean Gleeson. But now for consecutive seasons, Sanders has the combo of Kasey Dunn and Tim Rattay.

“I’ve been through three coaches, so I’ve been through different technique, different footwork,” Sanders said. “I didn’t have a spring ball last year. I would say it’s definitely different from my first one because my first one was my first spring ball ever and learning the playbook and all that. It’s definitely different, but I would say from fall camp to spring ball, I feel like I’m a lot more comfortable.”

Sanders is heading into his fourth season on campus, and this is also just the second spring ball he has gotten to take part in. He didn’t enroll early in 2018, participated in spring in 2019 and then the 2020 spring got shut down because of COVID.

In his first two seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, Sanders completed 155 of his 247 passes in each season, an eerie coincidence. He threw fewer interceptions last season than he did when he was a freshman, but because of the COVID-shortened schedule and injuries, he played in two fewer games.

With a talented but inexperienced offense in 2021, the Cowboys will rely heavily on Sanders as one of the more veteran members of the unit. From all accounts, he has started taking that next step in his progression.

“Spencer’s having a really good spring — his best spring,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s going in Year 4 now. His best spring, which he didn’t get a spring a year ago. He’s progressing, seeing things that we want them to see at that position like Taylor [Cornelius] did and Mason [Rudolph] did. He’s starting to see those things.

“We should’ve seen in last year, but we didn’t have spring. But we’re starting to see it now. He’s having a good spring practice.”

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