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Spencer Sanders on Picking Ole Miss, Transferring from Oklahoma State

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Spencer Sanders not afraid of competition. That’s the message he conveyed over and over again in a phone call to 247Sports on Thursday with the news that he would be transferring to Ole Miss in his final season of eligibility.

Sanders will join a suddenly crowded quarterback room at Oxford, which introduces the 2022 starter jaxson dart and recent transfer walker howardthe nation’s 40th overall player during the 2022 cycle. But Sanders, a first-team Big 12 selection in 2021, said he is eager to embrace the battle that lies ahead because he believes Ole Miss is the best fit for his last season of eligibility.

“I’m going to come in and work hard anyway, whether the room is full or not,” Sanders told 247Sports. “That’s just my mindset. I’ve always had a compete, drive, strive to improve mentality. I never shied away from the competition. I won’t start now.

Sanders is certainly the most talented quarterback in Ole Miss’s new QB room. A four-year starter at Stillwater, he threw for 9,553 yards and 67 touchdowns in his career, completing 61% of his passes. Turnovers have occasionally been an issue for Sanders – he has thrown 40 career interceptions – but he has also had great success with a 30-11 record as the starting QB.

Dart had ups and downs in his first year as a starter, throwing for 2,974 yards and 20 touchdowns against 11 interceptions during an 8-5 record. The Rebels started the season 7-0 but finished 1-5 down the stretch. Sources Name Ole Miss Head Coach Kiffin Lane wanted to raise the level of competition in their quarterback room this offseason, which is a big reason the Rebels signed Howard and Sanders.

Sanders said Kiffin didn’t promise him anything upon his arrival at Oxford, but Sanders is keen to show he can be QB1 for the Rebels.

“I have a lot of self-confidence,” Sanders said. “I really believe in myself. My money is on me all the time. So I wasn’t too concerned with how the quarterback room looked. I have a very good experience. I’ve been in the game for four years. I feel like I have a bit of an advantage.”

Sanders joins an offense ranked in the top 35 nationally in yards per game over the last three years. This scheme, which you recently sent Matt Corral for the NFL, it was a point of intrigue for Sanders as he explored his options on the portal.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Sanders has also had offers from programs like Auburn and Wisconsin. But he felt his adjustment to Kiffin’s scheme, plus the opportunity to play in the SEC, was too good to pass up.

“I like Kiffin Lane a lot,” Sanders said. “I like how he plans his attack. I like how he executes his attack, how he spreads the ball. He also has SEC pace. I love the action scenes too. They have a really good feedback flow, great racing game. Overall, I also feel like it’s a good team. I’ve been watching the SEC for a while now and I feel like it’s not a bad place to be, especially to compete. I just want to compete and do the best I can and show the world what I can do on a different level.”

Sanders entered the transfer portal on December 5 after five seasons at Oklahoma State. His departure from Stillwater was one of the most shocking transfer moments of the offseason and sparked much discussion about the future of Oklahoma State’s program. Reflecting on that decision, Sanders said he is grateful for his time with the Cowboys. He just felt like he needed a fresh start.

And it doesn’t cost anything for the opportunity to come at the SEC.

“I was grateful for my time (at Oklahoma State),” Sanders said. “I don’t have much to say. I’m grateful for the quarterback they helped me become. Coach (Tim) Rattay has a lot to say about that. He’s helped me develop over the years. I didn’t want to leave him. I was sad to leave him. But, you know, maybe that’s just for the better. I guess it was time to break away and try something new. Try to take my game to the next level.

“They say there’s nothing like the SEC game.”

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