Another high-profile quarterback transfer heading to Ole Miss.
After four seasons as Oklahoma State’s quarterback, Spencer Sanders ESPN said On Thursday, he announced his commitment to Ole Miss for the 2023 season.
Sanders’ commitment to Ole Miss comes one day later Walker Howard also pledged to play Lane Kiffin and the Rebels. Howard was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2022 and spent his freshman season as a third freshman at LSU.
While Howard has four years of eligibility remaining, Sanders is heading to Oxford for his final season in college football. Sanders chose Ole Miss over Auburn, he told ESPN.
Over four seasons at Oklahoma State, Sanders threw for 9,553 yards and 67 touchdowns with 40 interceptions, completing 61% of his attempts. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Sanders also rushed for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns during his tenure for the Cowboys.
Sanders starred as a true freshman before becoming the team’s starter in 2019 and winning Big 12 Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. His best season came in 2021 when he threw for 2,839 yards and 20 touchdowns and had 668 yards and six scores on the ground. For these efforts, he was a first-team All-12 selection.
In 2022, Sanders was limited to just 10 games due to injury. He finished the season with 2,642 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions with a career low 57.6 completion percentage.
Sanders joins Jaxson Dart and Walker Howard in the Ole Miss QB room
At Ole Miss, Sanders is immediately the favorite to start in 2023, but he will race both Howard and Jackson Dart.
Dart, a transfer from USC, was Ole Miss’ starter in 2022 when he beat out Luke Altmyer in preseason camp. The Dart had an up and down year as Kiffin relied heavily on his running game led by freshman Quinshon Judkins (1,567 yards, 16 TDs). Dart threw for 2,974 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions, and also rushed for 614 yards on the year.
After the season, Altmire transferred to Illinois. That left Ole Miss groveling from deep at center with only two walks on the list in position behind the Dart. But things changed in just two days with Howard and Sanders committing.
Ole Miss went 8-5 in 2022. The Rebels started 7-0 before losing five of six to close out the year, including losses to Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl and Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.
Kiffin has a 23-13 (14-11 SEC) record in three years as the Ole Miss coach.