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OSU football: West Virginia preparing for Spencer Sanders to play, watching high school tape on Shane Illingworth

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s quarterback situation remains unknown after starter Spencer Sanders suffered an ankle injury last week.

But as far as West Virginia coach Neal Brown is concerned, his Mountaineers must be ready for Sanders’ dual-threat abilities.

“I know he’s questionable in the game, but we’re preparing as if he will play,” Brown said. “You prepare for the guy that started the year, which is Spencer Sanders. 

“If another guy plays, they’ll adjust and we’ll have to adjust. But I think you go in and you prepare and you plan for the strengths of what (Sanders) does in his dual-threat ability. And then if you need to adjust, you adjust.”

Sanders left the game after OSU’s second possession and did not return. He was replaced by Ethan Bullock, who was ineffective. True freshman Shane Illingworth entered with 2:02 left in the third quarter and led the Cowboys back to the 16-7 win. 

Brown knows his team must be prepared for Illingworth, too, suggesting the coaches might watch game film from Illingworth’s time at Norco (California) High School. And Brown pointed out that OSU beat West Virginia with Dru Brown at quarterback last season.

“If he does play against us, I don’t think the moment will be too big for him,” Neal Brown said. “They had success with their backup quarterback last year against us, so I think their team will have some confidence going into the game because of that.

“But yeah, you go back and watch (Illingworth’s) high school film just to get a good understanding of who he is.”

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Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders (3) stands on the sidelines in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the Kansas Jayhawks at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. OSU won 31-13. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State's Spencer Sanders (3) stands on the sidelines in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the Kansas Jayhawks at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. OSU won 31-13. [Sarah Phipps/The...

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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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