Sanders to be honored in OK St.’s Ring of Honor

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Oklahoma State introduced on Thursday that it’ll induct Barry Sanders into its Ring of Honor inside Boone Pickens Stadium throughout the Cowboys’ sport towards TCU on Nov. 13.

The varsity additionally mentioned a sculptor is engaged on a statue of Sanders that can honor him outdoors the stadium, a primary for any OSU participant.

Sanders joins former Oklahoma State teammate Thurman Thomas, who was inducted final yr, because the second member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.

In his solely season as a full-time starter at OSU after backing up Thomas for 2 seasons, Sanders had probably the most dominant seasons in faculty soccer historical past in 1988, when he gained the Heisman Trophy and was a unanimous All-American. He ran for two,850 yards — a mean of 237.5 per sport — had 4 300-yard video games and scored 44 touchdowns, breaking 34 NCAA information.

“If he have been taking part in in at the moment’s offenses, he very nicely might’ve rushed for 4,000 yards, straightforward,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who was the beginning QB on that workforce, instructed ESPN in 2018. “Take a look at the variety of performs that we now have on offense at the moment in comparison with again then. We huddled up, we have been gradual. And the vast majority of the video games, very seldom was he ever touching the sector within the fourth quarter, as a result of we have been blowing groups out.”

Sanders bypassed his senior yr and entered the NFL draft, the place he was chosen No. 3 general by the Detroit Lions in 1989. He was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2004 after dashing for 15,269 yards in 10 NFL seasons.

Sanders’ No. 21 at Oklahoma State is one in every of 4 numbers not in use by the Cowboys.