OSU football coach Mike Gundy teases QB situation: 'We might play both'
STILLWATER — Spencer Sanders and Shane Illingworth have been splitting time with the first team at practice for several days now, but Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy isn’t committing to a starter for Saturday’s game against No. 17 Iowa State.
“If I knew, I wouldn’t tell you,” Gundy said with a wry smile on Monday morning. “We might play both.
“I’m not sure right now. We continue to get ‘em quality work. Spencer’s healthy and then, obviously, Shane’s played pretty good. I’m just glad to have a couple 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. So we’re just thankful that we’ve got a couple guys that we trust that can get out there and play.”
The sixth-ranked Cowboys host Iowa State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
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Sanders has been recovering from an injured ankle and hasn't played since the second series of the season opener against Tulsa.
Illingworth has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the Big 12. The true freshman has thrown for 483 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, completing 73.5 percent of his passes.
Keeping the decision mysterious is just a bit of Gundy’s gamesmanship for Iowa State and coach Matt Campbell, who must decide how much time to devote to preparing for each player’s skillset.
“For them, it sounds like they’re as healthy as they’ve been to start the season,” Campbell said. “I think both quarterbacks have shown to be really efficient in their offense. Obviously, Spencer Sanders is an elite talent and somebody that has been in their system for a year-and-a-half.
“I really think (Illingworth) has done a great job. Big arm, has the ability to make all the throws and distribute it to all their playmakers. I don’t know if it really changes who they are offensively, and I think both quarterbacks have already proven to be really efficient and really effective in their offense.”