Shane Illingworth and Spencer Sanders have split time with the first team during practices, but Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy did not commit to naming either one the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against No. 17 Iowa State.
Gundy, however, did say during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference that the No. 6 Cowboys (3-0, 2-0 Big 12) might have Illingworth and Sanders both play against the Cyclones (3-1, 2-0).
“We’re alternating reps and we might play both, I’m not sure right now,” Gundy said. “We continue to get them quality work and Spencer’s healthy, obviously, Shane’s played pretty good. I’m just glad to have a couple of guys that can play.
“I’ve had some years around here where I was down to my third-team guy in the middle of the season. We’re just thankful we’ve got a couple guys we trust that can get out there and play.”
Sanders, a redshirt sophomore, was 2 of 2 for 24 yards before he suffered an ankle injury in OSU’s season opener against Tulsa on Sept. 19 in Stillwater. He’s been recovering ever since, and Gundy said Sanders was “80 percent” on Oct. 3 before the Cowboys had two straight bye weeks.
Illingworth, a true freshman, has stepped into the starting role during Sanders’ absence and thrown for 483 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
OSU host ISU at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.