When Barry J. Sanders announced recently that he would be leaving the Stanford football program, it wasn't much of a surprise to which school he was leaning toward.
Sanders confirmed the obvious on Thursday when he announced his transfer to Oklahoma State, where his father, Barry, won the Heisman Trophy in 1988 before going on to a Pro Football Hall of Fame career.
According to USA Today, Sanders announced on Twitter and in a story with The Oklahoman he plans to be on the Oklahoma State campus by June, following his graduation from Stanford. He will have immediate eligibility to play one season for the Cowboys after being released from his scholarship with the Cardinal.
Sanders rushed for 664 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons after redshirting for the Cardinal. This season he shared the role with Heisman runner-up Christian McCaffrey, short-yardage star Remound Wright and Bryce Love and was Stanford's third-leading rusher.
With Wright the only senior among that group, the writing was on the wall for Sanders in terms of playing time next season.
In 1988 his father, Barry Sanders, scored 44 touchdowns and rushed for an NCAA-record 2,850 yards for Oklahoma State. The next spring he was the third overall pick in the NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.
In other football news, six former Cardinal players have been invited to the NFL Combine from Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis, Ind. Quarterback Kevin Hogan will be joined by wide receiver Devon Cajuste, offensive guard Joshua Garnett, tight end Austin Hooper, linebacker Blake Martinez and offensive tackle Kyle Murphy.