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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.”

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.’”

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OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders. [Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics]

OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders. [Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›