Spencer Sanders is carrying plenty of hype into his freshman season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but he’s staying away from declaring himself the favorite for the starting quarterback job.
In an interview with Kyle Porter of Pistols Firing, Sanders said he’s not ready to say the job will be his when the fall comes around.
“I don’t want to go out there and say ‘hey I’m going to get the starting job,'” Sanders said. “No, I’m going to keep my mouth shut, and I’m going to work in silence. I appreciate all the, I guess you can say fans or whatever, people who support me and think that I’m going to get it and assume that I’m going to get it. I thank them for that.”
Sanders is a 4-star prospect out of Ryan High School in Denton, Tex. He was the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year and Dave Campbell’s Mr. Texas Football in his senior season, and also took home the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Player of the Year Award. In 2017, he threw for 3,845 yards, ran for 1,380 yards and scored 70 total touchdowns. He has all the talent in the world.
But the race for the Oklahoma State starting job is a tight one. Taylor Cornelius is a redshirt senior and brings plenty of experience practicing the Cowboys’ system. Dru Brown comes over as a grad transfer from Hawaii, where he spent two seasons as the starter.
And then there’s Sanders. Coach Mike Gundy has said he won’t be afraid to start a freshman, something he’s done before. But Sanders told Porter he’s just willing to do whatever it takes to help the Cowboys win.
“I’m going to work my tail off to do the best that I can not only for me, but for my mom and for my family, and my teammates,” Sanders said. “If I feel like I can give this team the best ability to win, better than some other quarterbacks, then I’m going to do the best that I can. I’m going to train. I’m going to work with them and just do the best of my ability.”