Oklahoma State could get QB Spencer Sanders back for bowl game


When it comes to what’s left of the regular season, No. 21 Oklahoma State will have its backup under center.  When it comes to the postseason? Stay tuned.

Late last week, it was reported that Spencer Sanders suffered a broken thumb on his right (throwing) hand in OSU’s Week 12 win over Kansas.  Sanders, who remained in the game into the third quarter before being taken out, suffered the injury when he hit an opposing player’s helmet attempting a pass and then was sidelined for this past weekend’s road win over West Virginia in Morgantown.

In confirming that Sanders underwent surgery on the injured thumb and will miss Saturday night’s regular-season finale against No. 7 Oklahoma, head coach Mike Gundy stated that the redshirt freshman could return to the Cowboys for the postseason, provided that the bowl game is played late enough in December.  The coach added that the surgery Sanders underwent is similar to that of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, which cost the star five games this season, but added, “I don’t know what it’s called but I think there’s a ligament or something in there.

I made a C in biology. Did better in kinesiology.

Sanders has completed nearly 63 percent of his passes on the season for 2,065 yards and 18 touchdowns, but has also thrown 11 interceptions.   His 625 yards rushing are good for second on the team as well.

Making his first start for the Cowboys, Dru Brown went 22-of-29 passing for 196 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over the Mountaineers.  Brown has rushed for minus-two yards on 10 carries.

Brown came to OSU as a graduate transfer from Hawaii.  Prior to coming to Stillwater, the fifth-year senior had started 22 games for the Rainbow Warriors in 2016 and 2017.

Vick, Fitzgerald and Suggs among stars on College Football Hall of Fame ballot for 1st time

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Michael Vick, Larry Fitzgerald and Terrell Suggs are among the college football stars who will be considered for induction to the Hall of Fame for the first time this year.

The National Football Foundation released Monday a list of 78 players and nine coaches from major college football who are on the Hall of Fame ballot. There also are 101 players and 32 coaches from lower divisions of college football up for consideration.

Vick, who led Virginia Tech to the BCS championship game against Florida State as a redshirt freshman in 1999, is among the most notable players appearing on the ballot in his first year of eligibility.

Vick finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1999. He played one season of college football before being drafted No. 1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. Vick’s professional career was interrupted when he served 21 months in prison for his involvement in dog fighting.

Fitzgerald was the Heisman runner-up in 2003 to Oklahoma quarterback Jason White. He scored 34 touchdowns in just two seasons at Pitt.

Suggs led the nation in sacks with 24 in 2002 for Arizona State.

The 2024 Hall of Fame class will be chosen by the National Football Foundation’s Honors Court and announced in January. Induction into the Atlanta-based hall is the following December.

Alabama freshman DB Mitchell says he wasn’t sure he’d get to play again after arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama defensive back Tony Mitchell said he feared his football career was over after his arrest on a drug charge.

The Crimson Tide freshman said in a video posted Sunday on social media that he knew “something much bigger could have happened.”

A judge in Holmes County, Florida, sentenced Mitchell to three years of probation with a fine and community service on May 24 after Mitchell pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis.

“I didn’t know if I’d be able to play football again, but I continued to work out and stay close with the Lord and those who love me unconditionally,” Mitchell said. “During those times, it helped me to keep my mind off it. But when I was by myself looking at social media, what everybody had to say about it, it just felt like it happened again.

“I didn’t sleep at night.”

He was suspended from the Alabama team following the arrest, but Mitchell’s father, Tony Sr., posted on Facebook last week that the defensive back had been reinstated. An Alabama spokesman declined to comment on Mitchell’s status.

Tony Mitchell Sr. shared his son’s video on Facebook, saying it was filmed during a talk to youth.

“I was doing things I knew I shouldn’t to try to fit in,” the younger Mitchell said, “but not everybody’s your friend.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a four-star prospect and the 15th-rated safety in the 247Composite rankings.

He had been charged in March with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell after a traffic stop when authorities said he drove over 141 mph (227 kph) while trying to evade deputies in the Florida Panhandle. A deputy had spotted Mitchell’s black Dodge Challenger traveling 78 mph (125 kph) in a 55 mph (88 kph) zone on a rural highway north of Bonifay.

He also received 100 hours of community service and paid a fine of $1,560.

Mitchell and a passenger were both charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The other man also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.