Report: Spencer Sanders to Start Against Iowa State

ZachLancaster

STILLWATER -- Spencer Sanders is getting back into the mix today. According to a report by Brett McMurphy, the Oklahoma State redshirt sophomore is getting the start against Iowa State.

This will be the first time back out onto the field for Sanders as he went down with a high ankle sprain just a few plays into the season opening game against Tulsa back on Sept. 19.

This news should come as no surprise as Robert Allen, John Helsley and myself have been saying Sanders would get the start all week here on Pokes Report.

Related: Don't doubt Spencer Sanders as QB1

There's no question Shane Illingworth has done a great job so far this season in replacing the injured Sanders. Through three games this season, he's thrown for 483 yards and three touchdowns. He's also thrown one interception, but that's neither here nor there.

As for Sanders, he earned starter status going into the season. Despite Illingworth's experience these past three games, Sanders has started 11 games and has an 8-3 record as a starter. There is no suspense now, if the offense were to struggle, Illingworth is a known talent at the position.

“I think for them it certainly sounds like they’re healthy as they’ve been to start the season,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said of the OSU quarterbacks. “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 [OSU’s] system now for a year and a half. I really think the young man [Shane Illingworth] that came in, the freshman that came in to play for them already has done a great job. Big arm, has got 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.”

Iowa State will be the toughest opponent the Cowboys will have faced so far this season, and most likely one of the toughest they face all year. So, having Sanders' experience and athleticism in the backfield is going to go a long way against a tough Cyclone defense.

Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX.

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Comments (8)
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CaliforniaCowboy
CaliforniaCowboy

yeah, no surprise there... Sanders should do better now that the OLine has a bit of experience since the last time that he took a snap.

Sanders should do fine if he stays healthy, and doesn't turn the ball over a lot. (neither of which is he very adapt at)

GumbyFromPokeyLand
GumbyFromPokeyLand

Barring an injury or a plague of turnovers by Sanders, I doubt Illingworth gets another meaningful snap this year.

CaliforniaCowboy
CaliforniaCowboy

LOL that's almost funny.... why would you say something like that? 1) injury or plague of turnovers are about 95% likely, it's his history so far... nothing yet says that will change and 2) If we're behind and need a spark, Gundy will put him in. He pulled the trigger in game one, when Shane had ZERO experience, and was coming off of no practice either due to covid protocol.

You could be correct, but it is 2020. We are talking about a kid that could not beat out Corndawg, and could not separate himself from Dru Brown.

GumbyFromPokeyLand
GumbyFromPokeyLand

I said it because it’s probably true. Duh

BTW, there’s no way SI knows the playbook well enough to operate 1) in sustained turbo mode, and 2) with a full compliment of plays. Same issue Sanders had as a freshman.

CaliforniaCowboy
CaliforniaCowboy

I agree.... but we were all googly-eyed for Rudolph's 3rd game.... I think you might be using a double standard.

I like Sanders. I hope Sanders is wildly successful. He's probably our best option at this particular moment. I don't think that he's our future.

GumbyFromPokeyLand
GumbyFromPokeyLand

Rudolph’s third game? I fail to see the relevance.

Kansas cowboy
Kansas cowboy

Horndog passed for 400 yds ran 400 32 passing td 10 rushing. Sanders along way from there. And yes, there a good chance to to Shane.


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