Barry J. Sanders

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Barry J. Sanders
Position Running back
Class Graduate
Career history
High school Oklahoma City (OK) Heritage Hall
Personal information
Date of birth (1994-04-10) April 10, 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Barry James Sanders[1] (born April 10, 1994) is an American football running back. He played college football for the Stanford Cardinal football team from 2012 to 2015 and the Oklahoma State Cowboys football team in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Sanders was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a son of Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders. He is often erroneously referred to as "Barry Sanders Jr.", which is not his name.[1] He graduated from Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[2] As a freshman in 2008, Sanders ran for 742 yards and twelve touchdowns while helping Heritage Hall to the 2008 Oklahoma 2A state title,[3][4] and he was the only sophomore on the 2009 Tulsa World all-state team.[5]

College career[edit]


On January 5, 2012, during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Sanders announced that he had committed to playing football for Stanford University.[6] As a redshirt freshman, Sanders did not see any action during the 2012 college season. Sanders returned to Stanford in 2013 for his sophomore season and played his first game against San Jose State University on September 7, 2013 and had a 2-yard gain on his first career rushing attempt. Although he played in all 12 games, Sanders finished the year with only 34 rushing yards, 5 rushing attempts, and 1 touchdown. He played in all 13 games his junior year, finishing the 2014 season with 59 carries for 315 yards and 7 receptions for 47 yards.

Sanders returned in 2015 and began the year being sparingly used as a back-up running back. During the season opener on September 5, 2015, at Northwestern University, he would only gain 9 yards on 2 carries. The following week he would have a career game against the University of Central Florida. Sanders finished the game with 8 carries, 39 rushing yards, and 1 touchdown. On September 25, 2015, he continued producing for the Cardinal, rushing for a career-high 97 yards, on 7 carries, for a career-high 2 rushing touchdowns against Oregon State. During the contest he had 65 yards come on a rushing touchdown play. Sanders continued his streak the next game against the University of Arizona, ending the game with 76 yards on 4 rushing attempts, and a single touchdown. On October 15, 2015, Sanders had a career-high 10 carries for 39 yards against UCLA.[7] He was a backup to Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey during his time at Stanford and had limited playing time due to McCaffrey excelling on both special teams and offense.

On January 5, 2016, Sanders announced that he had been granted a release from his scholarship by Stanford and intended on exploring his options to transfer to another school. At the time of the announcement, Sanders was scheduled to graduate in June 2016. As a graduate transfer, he was eligible to play immediately at his new school.[8][9]

Oklahoma State[edit]

On February 11, 2016, Sanders announced that he was planning to transfer to Oklahoma State, his father's alma mater, for the 2016 season.[10] Wearing number 26, Sanders returned the first punt of his Oklahoma State career 57 yards, down to the half-yard line, nearly scoring on his first return. For the season, he had 28 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 45 yards, and returned 18 kickoffs and seven punts.


  1. ^ a b Sanders, Barry (23 November 2011). "@BarrySanders". Twitter. Retrieved September 9, 2013. When the truth is - I have no middle name. Thus making my son, Barry James Sanders, not a Barry "junior". 
  2. ^ "Barry Sanders",,, Retrieved January 8, 2012
  3. ^ Barry Sanders'son looks like future star Archived November 9, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ video clips of Barry Sanders' son
  5. ^ Matt Baker, "In his father's image: Barry James Sanders is familiar, but for more than his name", Tulsa World, August 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "Barry J. Sanders commits the Stanford",,, Retrieved January 8, 2012
  7. ^ "Stanford Cardinals football:Player Bio,Barry Sanders". Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. 
  8. ^ Unruh, Jacob (January 5, 2016). "OSU football: Barry J. Sanders considering transfer to Oklahoma State". Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ Kalland, Robby (January 5, 2016). "Oklahoma State an option as RB Barry Sanders Jr. looks to transfer". Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
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