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Tales from Corvallis: Sanders as starting QB and the future of Dru Brown


Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders hands the ball off to running back Chuba Hubbard during the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State football game on Friday, August 30, 2019, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Corvallis, Ore. -- Last Friday at Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy’s weekly press conference, he still didn’t have an answer to one of the biggest questions from fall camp.

But, within seven days, Gundy said he had his answer. And that answer was Spencer Sanders.

For awhile now, I had my eyes set on Sanders as the starting quarterback. When I went on The Last Call on Triple Play Radio this week, I said it was a definite Spencer Sanders as QB1.

Coach Sean Gleeson said the decision was made during practice this week.

“We had to make a decision on who was gonna take the first snap,” Gleeson said. “That’s really the only thing that changed. Spencer played well tonight but I think both kids deserve some sort of credit as it relates to Spencer’s performance because they elevated each other.

Sanders, who went 19-for-24 with 203 passing yards and three touchdowns, is the clear cut favorite to start next week against McNeese State. Everyone has now seen that the redshirt freshman can use his arm and legs to gain yards.

But what does that mean for Dru Brown? Well first and foremost, it doesn’t mean that he won’t play this season.

Gundy said he deserves to play at some point.

“(Dru’s) gonna be on the field,” Gundy said. “At the end, it doesn’t count, but his attitude has been good.”

Gundy added that Brown has taken the decision well. Brown played the last drive in the Cowboys' 52-36 win against Oregon State on Friday, thought it only consisted of two handoffs before the clock ran out.

It’ll be definitely hard for Brown to swallow the decision of being backup. The redshirt senior will finish his career as a Cowboy whether it be on the field or sideline. But the starting position is not entirely locked down by Sanders.

Sanders, who has previously talked about his completion with Brown during fall camp, said that their friendship remains the same.

The answer right now is Spencer Sanders. But does the answer hold true for the whole season? Only time will tell.

“Dru is a really good football player,” Gleeson said. “We just had to send someone out first and it happened to be that Spencer went tonight. But we have two really good quarterbacks, we have a great team, everybody is kinda in lock and step with each other about what we want to do this season.”