Stanford senior Barry J. Sanders has announced his intention to transfer and use his final year of college eligibility elsewhere, with his father's alma mater -- Oklahoma State -- prominently mentioned as the frontrunner.
Sanders (5-10, 198) rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns on 51 carries this season for the Cardinal, which won the Rose Bowl Game and finished 12-2. He rushed for 672 yards on 115 carries in his three years. He used his redshirt year as a freshman.
Barry J. Sanders
His father and namesake had a record-setting career at Oklahoma State between 1986-1988, averaging more than 200 yards per game and scoring 37 touchdowns.
Sanders, a highly regarded prospect out of Heritage Hall High in Oklahoma City, originally picked Stanford over Oklahoma State and several other schools.
It was originally thought he would be a graduate transfer, which would allow him to transfer to the school of his choice. He told the Oklahoman that his release was granted with terms allowing him to attend a school outside of the Pac-12 Conference.
Freshman Bryce Love appears to be the immediate beneficiary of Sanders' departure. Love, who rushed for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 29 carries, is now the leading returning rusher after McCaffrey.