Oklahoma State is one of several Big 12 teams looking for a new starter at quarterback.
The Cowboys have myriad options with Hawai’i graduate transfer Dru Brown committing to Oklahoma State, as well as 2017 backup Taylor Cornelius and reserve Keondre Wudtee returning.
Brown seems to be the easy answer to replace Mason Rudolph, even if he’s just a one-year rental. But Oklahoma State also will have incoming freshman Spencer Sanders, who was a highly-touted 2018 prospect out of Ryan, Texas, next season.
Starting a true freshman at quarterback comes with obvious risks, but Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell thinks Sanders has the most upside of the team’s quarterbacks. He just might not be ready immediately for the spotlight.
Replacing Mason Rudolph is quite the challenge but there are some good fits to choose from. Incoming freshman Sanders has the best upside, but he’s not ready for prime time yet. Brown was brought in to play early. Only Sanders was heavily recruited out of high school.
Sanders was a 4-star talent and the No. 13-ranked quarterback in the 2018 class by Rivals.com. He passed up on instate offers that included Texas A&M, TCU and Texas Tech. He also had Penn State, Ole Miss and Colorado interested.
The dual-threat gunslinger could be coach Mike Gundy’s quarterback of the future, but Brown’s arrival to Stillwater in the summer will likely give Sanders a season to prepare with the scout team before he sees any meaningful snaps.
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