Spencer Sanders transferred to Ole Miss: Former Oklahoma State starter joins quarterback room

Former Oklahoma State starting quarterback Spencer Sanders will trade to Ole Miss, the senior announced on Twitter. Signing for the Rebels under coach Lane Kiffin, Sanders joins a packed quarterback room that includes incumbent starter Jaxson Dart and former four-star prospect Walker Howard, who just transferred from LSU this week. Sander, who entered the transfer portal on Dec. 5 after four years as a caller for the Cowboys, also considered Auburn according to ESPN.

“I’m going to go in and work my cue anyway, whether the hall is full or not,” Sanders told 247Sports. “It’s just my mindset. I’ve always had a mindset of competing, driving, striving for better. I’ve never shied away from competing. I’m not going to start now.”

Sanders threw for 9,553 yards, 67 touchdowns and 40 interceptions in 43 games for Oklahoma State, adding 1,956 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2021 after throwing for 2,839 yards, rushing for 668 yards and had 26 touchdowns (20 assists).

His professional achievements will be put to the test at Oxford. Dart is a rising junior who threw for 2,974 yards, rushed for 614 yards and had 21 total touchdowns in his first year as an Ole Miss starter. Howard, a redshirt freshman with four years of eligibility remaining, saw action in two games for the Tigers last season, including the 63-7 Citrus Bowl victory over Purdue in which he completed 2 of 4 assists for 7 yards on cleanup duty. .

However, Dart’s 11 interceptions were concerning. Did this inconsistency in the passing game lead to Kiffin plunging headlong into the transfer quarterback market? It’s possible. Either way, it’s fair to say that Kiffin creates the “Hunger Games” for high-level college quarterbacks. Howard still has plenty of eligibility left, so sitting behind Dart and Sanders and learning the system with a view to one day earning the starting job isn’t the worst idea in the world. However, Dart and Sanders have plenty of experience as starting quarterbacks, and there’s only one football for everyone.

“I have a lot of self-confidence,” Sanders said. “I believe in myself a lot. My money is on me every time. So I wasn’t too worried about what the quarter room was like. I have a pretty good experience. I’ve been in the game for four I feel like I have a little edge.

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