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Barry J. Sanders Granted Release from Stanford

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Barry J. Sanders has been released from Stanford and has Oklahoma State on his short list for transfer options, according to OKPreps writer Jacob Unruh:

Sanders, an upcoming senior, was the ninth best running back in the 2012 class. The former four star prospect had 672 yards and no touchdowns in his three years with the Cardinal.

Sanders' father, Barry Sanders Sr., is considered the best player to ever come out of Oklahoma State; his 1988 Heisman season is still considered one of the most remarkable performances by any player in the history of college football. Sanders is certainly not his father, and shouldn't be compared to him either, although he occasionally resembles him in the way that he plays the game. Sanders is his own player and should be appreciated as such.

The Cowboys could definitely use a talented back. Their running back stable for 2016 includes senior Chris Carson, senior Rennie Childs, sophomore speedster Jeff Carr and former Kansas State walk-on Raymond Taylor. They also have running back prospect Justice Hill, the only RB prospect of the 2016 class. Their run production was less than stellar in 2015, with only one player reaching 500 yards (Carson). Part of that was due to a struggling offensive line, but the stable of running backs didn't exactly play up to the task in every game.

Sanders to OSU isn't exactly out of the question, either, according to reports from CollegeSpun.com:

Imagine seeing this shifty playmaker in a Cowboy uniform. Now all we need is an offensive line, right?