The Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback room lost depth, and a possible future starter, when Shane Illingworth entered the transfer portal on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Illingworth was a former four-star prospect, according to 247Sports, as part of the Class of 2020 from Norco, California. He picked Oklahoma State over Arkansas, Arizona, Louisville and several others. Per the 247Sports composite, he was the No. 6 ranked Pro style quarterback in the country, No. 18 prospect in California and a Top 200 player in the nation.
Illingworth enrolled early in January of 2020 and has played in six games the last two seasons. He played in four games in 2020 as Spencer Sanders’ back up, when he finished with four touchdowns and one interception, along with three touchdowns and one interception this season.
Illingworth started the season opener against Missouri State due to Sanders’ positive COVID test, and finished that game 22 of 40 for 315 yards, with one touchdown to one interception.
But it’s clear that Sanders is the guy at Oklahoma State, and due to the free year of eligibility due to COVID that the NCAA granted to all athletes, he technically has two more years of eligibility, if he wants to use. That would leave Illingworth in a position where he may not start until the 2024 season in Stillwater.
Of course, entering the portal doesn’t mean he can’t return to Oklahoma State, if he so chooses to. We will have to wait to see what Illingworth decides to do.