Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy responds to questions during Big 12 media days, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Big 12 media days: Oklahoma State hopes run game improves with Barry J. Sanders

Posted July 18th, 2016


DALLAS — Despite winning 10 games, Oklahoma State had a disappointing run game in 2015.

“You’re being polite by saying disappointing,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said of the nation’s No. 114 rush attack.

To help correct this, OSU has acquired a running back with a familiar name. Barry J. Sanders, a graduate transfer from Stanford, has elected to play his senior season in Stillwater where his father won the 1988 Heisman Trophy.


The younger Sanders has been around the program for only a month, but Gundy is hearing good things from his staffers.

“I know that he’s mature, dependable, seems to be durable,” Gundy said. “He came from a winning program and an offense that obviously runs the football. His personality, his attitude have been really good up to this point.”

Sanders will compete for touches with two other seniors, Chris Carson (517 yards, four touchdowns) and Remmie Childs (281, two).

Stuck behind Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey, it’s unlikely Sanders would’ve gotten many opportunities had he stayed at Stanford. In three years, Sanders ran for 672 yards and five touchdowns and caught 12 passes.

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