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OSU football: Backup quarterback competition ongoing with Ethan Bullock, Shane Illingworth

STILLWATER — With starting quarterback Spencer Sanders firmly entrenched, competition has continued for the No. 2 job behind him.

Junior-college transfer Ethan Bullock and true freshman Shane Illingworth are competing for the position, which proved to be an important one last season. Sanders injured his thumb in early November and missed the final three-plus games of the year, with Dru Brown taking over.

“Both guys are doing really well,” coach Mike Gundy said. “We’ve split reps with them. We’re gonna make a decision at this time next week on who that quarterback will be.”

In addition to splitting time leading the second-team offense, the backups also get occasional playing time with the first team.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Illingworth arrived in January as a four-star recruit out of California and got a little extra work in before Bullock arrived in early June. 

The recent NCAA ruling that players will not lose a year of eligibility for competing this fall could factor into the Cowboys’ decision as well, because redshirting Illingworth isn’t as much of a concern if he won’t burn his freshman season anyway.

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Oklahoma State freshman Shane Illingworth is competing for the No. 2 quarterback job. [Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics]

Oklahoma State freshman Shane Illingworth is competing for the No. 2 quarterback job. [Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics]

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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