What Are The Chances For Barry J. Sanders To End Up At OSU?

Barry J. Sanders, the son of Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders (1988), will transfer from Stanford after graduating in June. Is Oklahoma State a likely destination for the Cardinal running back?

I'm a believer that you never turn down a potentially good football player, although you have to remember that in college you only have so many scholarships. The question is do you save a scholarship for a one-year player like the potential "super senior" transfer in Barry J. Sanders?

I'm anticipating that between the recruiting that will go on between now and signing day on Feb. 3 that Oklahoma State will be in on some more running backs. I also believe that there are other "super senior" transfers at other need positions such as offensive line that are looking at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys may want to have two or three scholarships available at the start of the summer just to see who all shows up. Scholarship accounting is becoming a necessary sports skill just like salary cap management in the professional sports. 

Oklahoma State needs help at the running back position and Sanders, who was a tremendous prospect coming out of high school, is still talented and much more physically mature than he was leaving Oklahoma City's Heritage Hall Preparatory High School. Sanders is 5-10, 198 pounds and while he doesn't have the matching skills to his Heisman Trophy-winning and Hall of Fame father, he is quick and he can jump around a little. 

A quick review of his three seasons playing at Stanford after he redshirted his freshman season reads like this:

2013 Season
5 carries for 34 yards, 1 touchdown
4 receptions for 31 yards
7 punt returns for 71 yards

Game Highlights:
3 carries for 34 yards including a 22-yard touchdown run vs. Washington State

2014 Season
59 carries for 315 yards
7 receptions for 47 yards

Game Highlights: 
9 carries for 92 yards vs. Army
7 carries for 75 yards vs. Washington State

2015 Season
51 carries for 315 yards
1 reception for 11 yards
2 punt returns for 24 yards

Game Highlights: 
8 carries for 39 yards including a touchdown vs. Central Florida
7 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns vs. Oregon State
4 carries for 76 yards including a 65-yard touchdown vs. Arizona
2 carries for 2 yards in the Rose Bowl vs. Iowa

Career Numbers
115 carries for 664 yards, 5.8 yards per carry, 5 touchdowns
11 receptions for 89 yards

Those are not mind-blowing statistics but considering his opportunities, they are promising. I would expect Sanders to be a great weapon in space and find a niche in the offense. In order for it to be a positive experience for Oklahoma State and for Barry J. Sanders everybody from coaches to teammates and fans need to go into it with the proper and not overblown expectations.

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