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High Noon Highlights(1/8): Spencer Sanders’ quest

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Spencer Sanders is on a quest:

This is a great read on the future of the Oklahoma State QB spot. After the Liberty Bowl, fans are questioning the future of who will be behind center for Oklahoma State, Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World discusses who he think wants “ownership” on the spot. It looks like Spencer Sanders could be that guy.

Within the 2018 freshman class, Sanders had a leadership status in spite of his redshirt inactivity.

When a Gundy guest watched a Liberty Bowl practice at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, he asked, “Who is No. 3?”

Spencer Sanders, the guest was told.

After seeing Sanders fire precise fastballs during a passing drill, the guest remarked, “This guy has a rocket of an arm.”

One longtime observer of OSU football rates Sanders, even as a freshman, as having the second-strongest arm of all Gundy-era quarterbacks. Brandon Weeden would be No. 1 on the observer’s list of arm-talent Cowboys.

It is said Sanders’ participation during bowl practices was extensive and significantly beyond what he did during the regular season. The same goes for Brown. Obviously, Gundy was getting an early start on the transition from Cornelius to either Sanders or Brown. {Tulsa World}

Trace Ford’s first step set him apart:

Oklahoma State commit Trace Ford has a quick fist step. When Mike Gundy first saw him play at Edmond Sante Fe, he liked that about him. Scott Wright of The Oklahoman wrote about Ford’s journey to becoming a Cowboy.

“I saw him run a fly ball down in left field and dive and catch it, and steal two bases at 225 pounds,” Gundy said. “He’s a football-basketball-baseball guy. So he hasn’t had an extended period of time with his body developing at all.

“I think he’s gonna be a guy that can get off the edge and really put pressure on the quarterback. And he’s never had a chance to dedicate anything to his body yet, based on being a three-sport guy, which is awesome. Very competitive. Very intelligent. Looking forward to getting him here.” {The Oklahoman}

Oklahoma State Wrestler named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week:

Big 12 Wrestler of the Week went to Cowboy Kaden Gfeller after he won the Southern Scuffle in a 3-2 decision.

Gfeller claimed the title at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. He wrestled in six matches at the two-day event and collected falls in half his bouts after spending less than 4:20 on the mat in each of his first three matches. Gfeller captured a 3-2 decision from No. 6 Mitch Finesilver in the finals. {Big 12}