Gundy believes Hubbard will play, uncertain about Sanders in Texas Bowl

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OSU running back Chuba Hubbard before the No. 21 Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia Big 12 Conference football game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia.

After the Oklahoma State football team's victory against West Virginia, coach Mike Gundy was asked whether quarterback Spencer Sanders would be back for OSU's bowl game.

Sanders, a redshirt freshman, was previously ruled out for the rest of the regular season with a thumb injury.

But Gundy didn't deny the fact that Sanders' injury could heal in time for the bowl game. 

When it was announced that the Cowboys would face Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl, the question was still up in the air. 

In the Texas Bowl coaches teleconference Sunday, Gundy said Sanders could be ready in time for the game.

"There's nothing to hide, everyone knows that he's coming off an injury," Gundy said. "He's released in what I believe is his follow-up on the 16th or 17th. So he would miss half of our bowl prep, but there's a chance that they release him at 100%."

Even if Sanders is 100% by OSU's bowl game, it's uncertain whether he would be the starting quarterback. Dru Brown, who has one game left in his college career, is currently OSU's No. 1 quarterback and has two starts under his belt.

Sanders could add a lot of running ability to OSU's offense in the game, but Gundy might not want to risk anything.

When it comes to running back Chuba Hubbard, Gundy said he believes, as of now, that Hubbard will play in Houston. 

"I haven't talked to him about it, but I would expect him to play in this game," Gundy said. 

But saying "would expect" is different from knowing he would play. 

There is a big possibility that Hubbard decides to forgo his senior year and declare for the NFL Draft. In recent years, many players who declared for the draft also decided to not play in their teams' bowl games.

A big reason Hubbard might choose to opt out of the bowl game is because of fatigue. He might also not want to risk getting injured during the bowl game, which would greatly hurt his draft stock.

If Hubbard does not play in the Texas Bowl, it would allow players such as LD Brown and Deondrick Glass to step up in his replacement. 

Glass, a true freshman and four star running back, has appeared in only one game this season. He could play in OSU's bowl game and still redshirt because of the NCAA's rules of redshirting.

As of now, all of this is just speculation. It will likely take a week or two before we know Sanders and Hubbard's statuses for the bowl game.

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