OSU football: Spencer Sanders' confidence has improved because of playmakers around him
STILLWATER — Self-confidence has never been an issue of concern for Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders. It’s part of what fuels his ultra-competitive nature.
But as he prepares for the start of his sophomore season on Saturday, Sanders feels more confidence.
“I wouldn’t take it so much as confidence in myself, it’s just the guys giving me a lot of confidence,” Sanders said. “They’re always encouraging me and helping me and I’m getting better every day.
“Really, I could say that my confidence is up to a whole other level because of the guys around me. It’s not because of me, it’s because of them. I can honestly say they’ve brought the best player out of me possible that I think is ready for the season.”
- Related to this story
- Article: College football: Sooners up to No. 3, Cowboys rise to No. 11 in AP poll
- Article: OSU football: Back injury led Calvin Bundage on a long journey back to football
- Article: OU football: Tre Norwood happy to be back healthy again for Sooners
- Article: 'As long as he's able to run': OSU football gameday star Bullet nearly stayed home but will ride again amid changes
- Article: OU football: 'Race to 26' turnovers remain a focus after solid first showing by Sooners' defense
- Article: OU football: Sooners changing student section guidelines after 'disappointing' behavior in opener
- Article: The Six Shooter: Six pregame thoughts on OSU vs. Tulsa
- Article: OSU vs. Tulsa football: Kickoff time, betting odds, matchup breakdown
- Article: OU football: Marvin Mims' high school coach says Sooners freshman receiver 'just has another gear'
- Article: OU football: Spencer Rattler's arm is off the charts, but his running ability might be needed soon also
- Article: OU football: After 'better than expected' opener, student section biggest change for Sooners' second home game
This preseason, Sanders also has credited his growth to his strong relationship with new quarterback coach Tim Rattay.
Rattay will be on the sidelines during games this season, which will be a change for Sanders. Last year, Sean Gleeson was both the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, and he was upstairs in the booth during games.
This year, new offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn will be upstairs. Rattay will have direct access to Sanders on the sideline.
“I think he can get in my tail a lot easier,” Sanders joked. “But I think it’ll help me.
“Think about maybe when you were a kid and your mom was chewing you over a phone call, you can hold it out over here, you can just play it off. But when it’s in your face, it’s like, ‘OK, here we go. Bring it on.’”