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Tim Rattay could unlock Spencer Sanders’ potential

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Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders dodges defensive players during the Oklahoma State vs. TCU football game on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Oklahoma State football offense is certainly going to have a new look compared to last season.

The Cowboys’ offense has new additions at wide receiver, offensive linemen and their coaching staff.

However, one of the biggest additions was the hiring of quarterback coach Tim Rattay.

Rattay spent six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech, before joining the now Washington Football Team in 2019.

Following Sean Gleeson’s departure and Kasey Dunn’s promotion to offensive coordinator, Rattay was brought in to teach quarterback Spencer Sanders.

“I’m excited to get Spencer at a young age and really try to help him grow and help him learn and just really work on the fundamentals of the position and his overall knowledge of the offense and the position combined,” Rattay told the O’Colly back in April.

Rattay said he previously worked with Sanders’ mechanics with throwing the football and staying in the pocket.

Last season, Sanders had a tendency to run outside the pocket when he still had protection. Rattay wanted him to now stay in the pocket, go through his reads and make accurate throws.

“That’s kind of what we’re harping on and he has that ability to obviously, when it does break down, to make plays with his feet,” Rattay said. “But I want to make those plays come to him, not manufacture them.”

Rattay’s chance to work with Sanders in the spring was limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they’ve had more time to work together once the team got a clear schedule for the season.

“I think not only do we have a football relationship, we can talk to each other on a personal level,” Sanders said. “I mean I've dealt with a couple situations that I didn't want to deal with, but he was always a phone call away.”

Gleeson, who was also the quarterbacks’ coach, was up in the coaches box during the game.

If Sanders wanted to talk to him, Gleeson would call down to the field. Now, Rattay will be on the field during the game, giving him the chance to coach Sanders face-to-face.

"I think he can get in my tail a lot easier, but I think it'll help me, honestly,” Sanders said. “If you think about it, just think about when you were a kid and your mom is chewing you out over a phone call, you can hold it over here and you can just play it off, but when he's in your face, it's like 'alright, here we go. Bring it on.'"

The pair have only worked together for a little more than eight months, but their love for football has only strengthened their relationship.

“He's always just a willing, helping hand and anything that goes on, whether it's anything to do with football I'm always calling him first before I'm going to (coach) Gundy or coach Dunn,” Sanders said. “I feel like our connection's very strong because not only do I answer to him every day, I respect him as a coach and I love him as a person."

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