Just a few hours before kickoff, the Oklahoma State Cowboys received some bad news about starting quarterback Spencer Sanders.
Sanders will not be allowed to play tonight against Missouri State. According to a report from the Cowboy Radio Network, he will be sideline due to COVID-19 protocols.
Head coach Mike Gundy said he was impressed with Sanders’ development this offseason.
“We’ve been very impressed and excited about Spencer’s development,” Gundy said at the time. “My personal opinion is last year, the spring ball that he missed and summer conditioning because of COVID, set him back.”
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Sophomore Shane Illingworth is expected to make his third career start under center for the Cowboys in place of Sanders later tonight. Illingworth played in a few games during the 2020 season with uneven performances.
Illingworth led Oklahoma State to victories against West Virginia and Kansas during the 2020 season. He completed 73-percent of his pass attempts for 404 yards and four touchdowns in those wins.
While there were some positives, Illingworth also struggled when he went up against the best competition. He was 5-for-21 for 71 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma after Sanders went down with an injury.
Oklahoma State and Missouri State kick off tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET.