Sanders is granted football release to transfer from Stanford


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
Sanders played behind NCAA record-setting Christian McCaffrey and team TD leader Remound Wright this season. As a redshirt sophomore, Sanders out-gained McCaffrey, 315-300. Wright led the team with 601 yards and Kelsey Young was next with 331 yards.

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.

— Rick Eymer/Palo Alto Online Sports

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