Tulsa World

Sanders expected to start for OSU

- ELI LEDERMAN Tulsa World eli.lederman@tulsaworld.com

STILLWATER — With in-state rival Tulsa paying a visit to Stillwater this weekend, Oklahoma State is set to have its quarterbac­k back in Week 2.

Redshirt junior Spencer Sanders is out of the COVID-19 protocol and is expected to start for the Cowboys on Saturday, coach Mike Gundy revealed in a conversati­on with Dave Hunziker on an episode of the Orange Power Podcast released Thursday.

“He’s out of protocol and he’s practiced well this week,” Gundy said. “He was able to practice throughout the week. He feels good. I saw him today and he seems to be doing really well. I’m excited about him getting

out there and seeing what he can

bring to the table.”

Sanders was absent from OSU’s 23-16 season-opening win over Missouri State last Saturday. Sophomore Shane Illingwort­h made his third career start in

Sanders’ place, completing 22of-40 passes for 315 yards to go with a touchdown and an intercepti­on.

With the 6-foot-6 passer running the offense, the Cowboys mustered only 120 yards and were outscored 13-3 after halftime against the Bears. OSU rushers gained a total of 54 yards on 28 attempts in the game.

Saturday will mark the 21st start of Sanders’ career. The former Big 12 offensive freshman of the year completed 62.8% of his passes in 2020, throwing for 2,007 yards, 14 touchdowns and

eight intercepti­ons as the Cowboys finished 8-3.

OSU hosts the Golden Hurricane at 11 a.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.

 ?? BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN VIA AP ?? Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders throws a pass during practice in Stillwater on Aug. 6.
BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN VIA AP Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders throws a pass during practice in Stillwater on Aug. 6.
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