Last weekend in Palo Alto, Calif., Barry J. Sanders, the son of former Oklahoma State Cowboy Heisman Trophy winner and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, walked across the stage and accepted his diploma from Stanford. Today, he was back home in Oklahoma dealing with the heat on the campus of his new college home and the one where his dad became famous, Oklahoma State University.
Cowboy fans can let out a sigh of relief and breath easy because Sanders is checked in and will start graduate classes later this summer. He becomes the next in a line of graduate or "super" senior transfers that have had tremendous success at Oklahoma State starting with cornerback Tyler Patmon in 2013, linebacker Josh Furman in 2014, and continuing last season with cornerback Michael Hunter.
The Cowboys are looking for help in the run game on offense and his style, similar to that of his dad's, could take some pressure off the offensive line.
"I believe the sky will be the limit in the way I perform. I have said before that anyone that tries to compare themselves to my father, it is hard to, it is very hard to," Sanders said back when he announced his decision to transfer to Stillwater. "As much as I think that, I have some of his moves that doesn't compare to what he was able to do over a long period of time. That is what made him so great. I hope to replicate that as much as I can but this is reality."
In his high school career at Heritage Hall, he earned multiple All-American honors including U.S. Army All-American. He was a four-star recruit with virtually every recruiting network including Scout. Sanders rushed 549 times for the Chargers and gained a school-record 5,037 rushing yards and scored 70 touchdowns.
This past season he played in 13 games for Stanford, backing up Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffarey and rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns in 51 carries. He had 367 all-purpose yards. In his career with the Cardinal he had 115 carries for 664 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 11 receptions for 78 yards and he returned several punts and kicks.
Sanders should be comfortable with the campus, the summer heat, and really, everything at Oklahoma State. He grew up in Oklahoma and he spent a lot of time during his high school years on the OSU campus and has lots of friends on the campus at Oklahoma State.