A Worthy Candidate
While he doesn’t fit the unusual Johnny Football, Jameis, Lamar Jackson mold, No. 2 certainly has the body of work to be considered coming in.
“I think his success over a three-year period and his numbers kind of speak for themselves,” said coach Mike Gundy, who spent his playing career handing off to Oklahoma State’s first and only Heisman winner.
“He’s a great leader. He’s winning. … The success we’ve had with him as a quarterback, we kinda feel like he deserves that.”
Rudolph’s success to this point in Stillwater is undeniable.
With still a season to go, he’s already just the second Oklahoma State quarterback since Gundy was behind center to lead the Cowboys to back-to-back 10-win seasons.
And as one of only two Power 5 passers returning off a 4,000-yard season, Rudolph is also the biggest reason why the Pokes are primed to open in the top 10 of the preseason polls next season. [ESPN]
If Mason isn’t the kind of player you strongly consider with the best of the best, I’m not really sure what it’s there for. MVP of the best team?
I liked what Porter said on the pod last week about how it’s become a position within a conference that’s consistently considered, i.e. Big 12 champ QB, SEC/Bama running back, ACC QB, etc. If I’m making odds, I’ve got him higher than eighth.
The ground game wasn’t exactly appetizing on Saturday, but it’s fair to grade the non-Justice vets on campus with an “I”.
Offensive linemen Zachary Crabtree, Larry Williams and Deionte Noel all went down with injuries.
And though none sound serious, it left OSU in a bind for the spring game.
The Cowboys had 12 healthy linemen — and only two returning starters — dressed for the scrimmage.
Gundy said OSU considered changing the format of the game but stuck with splitting into two teams.
It seemed to affect the run games of both sides. Aside from La’Darren Brown, who went for 49 yards on 10 carries, no OSU running back averaged more than 2.1 yards per rush. [TulsaWorld]
I could be wrong but there didn’t appear to be any substantial DNPs from the defensive side of the ball. So you had two starters and eight backups pulling weight for a handful of inexperienced backs. But that touchdown catch by Brown with a decent total on the ground was nice.
If the Pokes want to make a run to regionals, we’re getting close to “now or never”.
We knew this team was young coming into the season. The youth seems to have doomed Oklahoma State. They have been in many ball games. If you ask me, TCU didn’t win the series over this team. The Cowboys lost that series. For the most part, the Cowboys have lost every series. This team is going to be very good in years to come.
Regional hopes are starting to dwindle this year. When you’ve gone 3-3 against the Kansas teams, it’s a clear sign you are struggling to stay afloat. Oklahoma State will hope to score at least one victory in Lubbock this week. If they can do that, then win against Texas at home, they have a shot at a regional berth. If not, better luck next year with a more experienced team. [Heartland College Sports]
HCS rated the Pokes no. 8 in their power ranks, an apt spot to this point. The youth movement, loss of talent from last year and solid pitching coming in late all play a part but here’s to hoping for some good signs out of Lubbock this weekend.
OSU and NCAA Notes
Cowboys take on ORU at Allie P. tonight….KU’s stud forward inevitably declared for the pros….Tom Herman thinks Texas is three to four guys from a Big 12 title….Texas Tech’s blue chip DT is headed to LSU….Wichita State getting paid by Under Armour after joining the American
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) April 16, 2017
(at 0:39) Rolling out to the far side then off-balance nailing Keenan Brown on the sideline is really nice.
Poor K-State fans. Weber has little to no leverage, has to be pretty school-friendly buyout terms being discussed.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) April 17, 2017
Pretty impressive numbers here for the Cowboy defense.
— Glenn Spencer (@Glenn_Spencer) April 17, 2017
What You Missed on PFB
- Insightful takeaways from the Spring Game
- On Bob Stoops and Second Chances
- New college football rules both help and hurt OSU
- Check out the recruiting recap from the weekend
- What’s more important: finding QB2 or QB3?
- High praise from Gundy that the Pokes have already found their identity
- Cowboys offer a back-to-the-basket center from No. 2’s hometown
Other Stuff I’m Reading
Westbrook is symbolic of a new era in NBA fandom….A secular viewpoint on attending church….Tram says rebounding killed the Thunder in Game 1 more than three point shooting….Tangibly how United is being punished in consumers’ perspective….Alternatives to a traditional four-year college