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100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 11 Keondre Wudtee



In a second Sunday edition of our summer-long countdown, we turn to a redshirt freshman in the midst of one of OSU’s most important position battles: Keondre Wudtee.

How he got to OSU

The three-star pro-style quarterback originally gave a verbal commitment to in-state Louisiana Tech. But after receiving offers from Oklahoma State and others late in the process, Wudtee reopened his recruitment and finally settled on Oklahoma State after a late push from TCU. He also held offers from the likes of Louisville, Houston and Missouri. (Maybe he didn’t want to discuss hydration levels with Tom Herman.)

An all-district honoree at Parkway High School (Bossier City, Louisana), Wudtee threw for 3,000-plus yards and 29 TDs with just nine picks as a senior. He also excelled in basketball and track and field. All the Gundy love!

What he’s done in Stillwater

Wudtee is going through his second preseason camp at OSU and has not only added nearly 30 pounds in the weight room, he’s had over a year in the QB room with Mason Rudolph, Taylor Cornelius and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich to learn the system.

Role in 2017

Wudtee is currently in a two-man race with redshirt junior Taylor Cornelius for the job as Mason Rudolph’s backup. Mike Gundy wasn’t ready to formally announce the winner as of Wednesday’s practice but it sounds like Cornelius may get the nod based on his four-year experience with the playbook. Things can still change and all it takes is a turned ankle for Wudtee to be a crucial player for an OSU team with title aspirations.

Mike Yurcich talked with Kyle Boone about Wudtee’s viability as a backup during last week’s practice.

“He’s got a lot of ability to create when things break down,” Yurcich said. “He’s got a different skill set where he’s got really good escape-ability. He needs to continue to secure the football better. He’s got a good arm. His arm’s solid. His accuracy is okay but he throws on the run pretty well and he gives you a little bit different element to your offense when he’s in the game.”

Moving forward, Wudtee has as good of a chance as any to compete for that QB1 spot Rudolph will vacate in 2018. The Cowboys would like to redshirt 2017 signee Jelani Woods this year and also have four-star Spencer Sanders committed for next fall.

Noteworthy stats and highlights

Wudtee hasn’t put up any stats for OSU yet but had a forgettable 1-for-6 outing during this past spring game. If you ask me, that’s not enough of a sample to really form an opinion either way. Here’s a look at what Mike Yurcich and Co. liked about Wudtee as a prep star.

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