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‘He should be fine’: Gundy optimistic about Sanders following after COVID-19 battle

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Spencer Sanders

Spencer Sanders looks on during position group work. 

Quarterback Spencer Sanders wasn’t in Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday night when Oklahoma State opened its season with a win over Missouri State.

Sanders was unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols. After the game coach Mike Gundy said the team expected him back “in the next couple of days.” On Monday during his weekly press conference Gundy gave an update— although vague— on his team’s quarterback.

“We're hoping that he'll be back,” Gundy said. “I think he'll be fine, but I really can't say, because we never know how those things can turn out.”

Sanders has been out of the OSU facility for at least 10 days while sitting under quarantine, Gundy said he’s not sure what Sander’s has been up too or if he’s thrown a football, but Gundy does think Sander’s will be just fine when he does return.

“I need to ask what CDC guidelines are on that, on throwing a football while you're in protocol,” Gundy said. “I think he's going to be back, I just can't say that because we have a very strenuous introduction back into our team from that, and sometimes they say he's not ready and sometimes they say he's ready. That's not me making that decision.”

Despite the strenuous re-introduction to the team and only having two full practices before the Tulsa game rolls around, Gundy said Sanders shouldn’t struggle reintegrating himself into the offense, when he’s back.

“Oh, he's had so many practices. He should be fine. We run the same plays we've run here forever, and he ought to be fine,” Gundy said.

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