The biggest question for Oklahoma State heading into fall camp was that of how to replace its all-time leader in passing, TDs, etc. Mason Rudolph. The list of candidates ranges from the flashy incoming prospect, Spencer Sanders, the incoming grad transfer Dru Brown and the long-time QB2, Taylor Cornelius.
While meeting with the media as he put the exclamation point of this year’s Big 12 Media Days, Mike Gundy shaped that narrative toward the latter, tabbing the redshirt senior, Cornelius as the clubhouse leader.
“Yeah, he came out of spring and had a really good 12 practices so I would think he would be our guy,” Gundy said of Cornelius.
But nothing is set in stone as the 14th-year head coach recognized there will be plenty of competition later this summer and into the fall.
“…but we have some guys behind him, some young players, an incoming transfer that we’ll have to see how they do when they get here. They haven’t been here yet.”
“He’s got good height, he runs really well, he throws the ball well,” Gundy continued with what he likes about Cornelius. “The only thing he hasn’t done is play in front of a crowd. [He] has a great feel for our offense. We’ve put him in situations in practice over the last three years. Hopefully that will pay off for him during the season.”
Going Clint Chelf in garbage time against a 1-win Baylor squad is one thing. Manning the offense on a full-time basis is another. And a lot of that comes down to confidence which is crucial for your QB1 and Gundy was asked to assess the level of confidence Cornelius brings into fall camp.
“I think high,” Gundy said. “He doesn’t talk a lot (G1!), he’s very humble. But he’s had a lot of success in his life in multiple sports and I think he believes in himself and believes in our team.”
The job of Rudolph’s replacement is not won yet and there are still plenty of reps in camp for someone else to stake their claim. But for now it appears that Cornelius is the man to beat.