Oklahoma State suffered its first loss of the 2022 season over the weekend as the TCU Horned Frogs edged out the Cowboys in double-overtime, 43-40.
Now, with another tough week ahead of them, Oklahoma State must shift its focus to Texas, who comes to town on Saturday as a six-point favorite on the road. It’s the first time that Oklahoma State has been an underdog at home since Bedlam 2019, but some of that might be due to concerns about Spencer Sanders.
Speculation about Sanders’ health started to circle when it was announced that he was dealing with a shoulder issue last week before playing TCU. That speculation has carried over to this week as Sanders seemed a little off against the Horned Frogs, only completing 44.4% of his passes on the day. Rumors have started to fly that Sanders is more injured than OSU would lead on, and reporters asked head coach Mike Gundy about Sanders’ status this week during his Monday media availability.
“Let’s do ourselves a favor,” Gundy started, “y’all don’t ask me about injuries and we won’t have any problems. I’m not going to tell you about injuries. I’m not going to tell you who practices and who doesn’t. You wouldn’t reveal your hand either; it’s nothing personal, but I’m not going to talk about who practices and who doesn’t practice.”
Here’s a video of his full response, courtesy of Ben Hutchins of the O’Colly.
With Sanders potentially nursing a shoulder injury, the Pokes would be forced to turn to freshman Gunnar Gundy if he were to miss anytime. That is not an ideal situation, especially given the amount of experience that Sanders brings to the table for OSU. This will certainly be a situation to keep an eye on moving forward and could be something that has an impact on the Big 12 race going forward.