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Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State Quarterback 6-4, 230, 4.83, #2 Rock Hill, S.C. Northwestern 7/17/1995
12/19/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State Sr. Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS,...Rudolph finished the regular season as the leading passer in the FBS, both in terms of passing yards (4,553) and passing yards per game (379.4) and he also leads the FBS in points responsible for per game (22.5). He ranks second in the FBS in both total offense (4,582) and total offense per game (381.8). Rudolph is among the top five quarterbacks nationally in virtually every major statistical category and he headlines the nation's top-ranked passing offense and the highest-scoring offense from any of the Power Five conferences. -
A four-year starter at Oklahoma State, Rudolph thrived in the Cowboys' up-tempo, spread passing attack (exclusively shotgun/pistol) that is designed to exploit single coverage and make it tough for defenses to identify personnel - plenty of pretty deep passes on his game film. He checks boxes with his size, presence and character for the NFL level, but faces a steep learning curve in his transition to the pro game.
The most important question for his pro transition: when the first read is taken away, can he efficiently go through his progressions while feeling the rush to find an open window? Rudolph wasn't asked to consistently do this in college and was often protected by conservative play-calling - it's not that he can't do what is required at the NFL level, but his tape doesn't show that he can either. Although his NFL transition requires patience, Rudolph has the physical traits and intelligence that make him a worthy developmental option.
BACKGROUND A four-star quarterback recruit out of high school, Mason Rudolph started his prep career at tight end before transferring to Northwestern High School as a sophomore and moving to quarterback under head coach Kyle Richardson (who is now an offensive assistant at Clemson). He was highly productive and led his team to back-to-back state titles (winning his senior season), but went overlooked by many nearby schools, allowing Oklahoma State to swoop in and convince the southern native to move to the Midwest for his college career. Rudolph was expected to redshirt in 2014, but an injury to Daxx Garman forced him into action and he responded well, winning two of his three starts, including a fourth-quarter comeback in Norman to defeat Oklahoma. As a sophomore he started the first 11 games before a foot injury hobbled him down the stretch, finishing with 62.3-percent completions (264-for-424) for 3,770 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Rudolph had his most productive season as a junior with 63.4-percent completions (284-for-448) for 4,091 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.
STRENGTHS Looks the part with a well-built, sturdy frame. Good-enough arm strength to make all the throws in the playbook. Accurate on designed routes, delivering a very catchable football between defenders. Excellent placement/touch on deep throws, giving his receivers a chance to run underneath the ball. Clean pocket mechanics and release. Improved pocket movements to avoid the rush - doesn't always execute the throw, but footwork has improved.
Stands tall in the pocket and able to shake off-balanced tackle attempts. Tough finisher as a ballcarrier, using his big body to break tackles and power his way forward in short-yardage situations. Consistent and calm demeanor on and off the field, regardless of the situation. Not an alpha personality, but well-liked within the program and goes out of his way to motivate and relate with his teammates. Durable and started all but one game since becoming the starter as a true freshman. Highly productive and leaves Oklahoma State with almost every passing record. - Dane Brugler 11/28/2017
WEAKNESSES Groomed in a simplified offensive system. Locks onto his first or preferred read, leading to forced throws - by the time he gets to his secondary reads, those windows are often closed. Stares down receivers with a late trigger, leading to contested throws. Accuracy can't be described as pinpoint, often forcing his receivers to jump or spear away from their body.
Adequate arm strength for the NFL, but the ball doesn't explode out of his hand - better follow-through with his hips would help add velocity to throws. Internal clock requires maintenance, holding the ball too long in the pocket. Inconsistent when attempting to reset his feet in the pocket and doesn't create many second-chance throws. Benefited from a strong run game and numerous weapons at receiver. - Dane Brugler 11/28/17
Played at a level that matches some of Oklahoma State’s all-time best quarterbacks ... Tabbed as the No. 1 senior quarterback in the country by Mel Kiper and as the No. 19 player in college football heading into the 2017 season by Athlon Sports.
Quarterbacked OSU to a 22-6 record as a starter and led the Cowboys to eight victories in games in which they trailed during the second half ... Enters the 2017 season ranked in the top six among active FBS players in career passing yards (third), career passing yards per game (second), career passing yards per attempt (second), career pass efficiency (third) and career touchdown-to-interception ratio (sixth) .
Led all FBS quarterbacks returning in 2017 in both interception avoidance and touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2016 ... Already the owner of no fewer than 11 school records, he is in position to set OSU career records for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns in the 2017 season and he also has a very real chance to finish his career as the most efficient passer in Oklahoma State history.
A semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ... On the watch list for the Maxwell, Manning and Lombardi awards and a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy ... Honored as OSU’s offensive MVP by the coaches ... The only player in the country in 2016 who surpassed 4,000 passing yards while throwing less than five interceptions ... Also the only quarterback in the country who averaged more than 34 passing attempts per game while throwing less than five interceptions
At one point of the season, he threw 164 consecutive passes without an interception and he finished the season with a second streak of 123 consecutive passes without being picked ... Ranked in the top 20 of several NCAA rankings, including passing yards (eighth with 4,091), passing yards per game (seventh with 314.7), passing yards per attempt (10th with 9.13), passing yards per completion (10th with 14.40), pass efficiency (10th at 158.9), total offense (12th with 319.4 yards per game), passing touchdowns (20th with 28) and completions per game (20th with 21.85) .
Surpassed 350 yards passing in five games and 300 yards passing in a half on two occasions ... 300 yards in a half had only been accomplished twice in Oklahoma State history prior to what Rudolph accomplished in 2016 ... Set a school record with 540 passing yards against Pitt that also represented the fifth-highest single-game figure in the nation this season ... His 20.77 yards per completion in the game also set a single-game school record (min. 20 completions) ... Set the tone by completing a 91-yard touchdown pass to James Washington on the first play of the Pitt game, which marked the second-longest pass completion in school history.
Ranked fourth nationally with 36 completions of at least 30 yards ... The only quarterback in the country with four completions of at least 80 yards ... More than half of his completions went for at least 10 yards.
Started every game ... His 4,091 passing yards ranked as the third-most in a season in school history, trailing only Brandon Weeden’s 2010 and 2011 seasons ... His 284 completions and 448 attempts both ranked second in school history and his 28 passing touchdowns ranked fourth ... In addition to the 540 yards vs. Pitt, his highest passing yardage games were 457 vs. Kansas State, 395 vs. Texas Tech, 392 vs. Texas and 351 vs. Iowa State ... According to ESPN’s QBR metric, he had five games with a QBR above 88.0, including a season-best 96.0 rating in the Alamo Bowl against a Colorado defense that entered the game ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency defense and 13th in the nation in pass defense.
Rudolph completed 22-of-32 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns against zero interceptions in that game against a CU secondary that was hailed as the nation’s best during the regular season ... Other standout performances came against Texas and K-State ... Against the Longhorns, he completed 19-of-28 passes for 392 yards with three touchdowns against no interceptions for a passer rating of 220.81 and a QBR of 95.2 Against K-State, he completed 29-of-38 passes for 457 yards and five touchdowns for a passer rating of 210.23 and a QBR of 90.4 ... Threw four touchdown passes against Iowa State and three each against Texas, West Virginia and Colorado ... Also made an impact rushing the ball, ranking third on the team with six rushing touchdowns, including four in the last three regular season games ... When his sacks are removed from the equation, he rushed 52 times for 258 yards (4.96 yards per carry) ... A four-time honoree on the Davey O’Brien Award “Great Eight” and a five-time Manning Award Star of the Week ... Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Texas Tech.
A second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree ... Honored by the coaches as the Bob Fenimore Award recipient, given to the team’s offensive MVP ... His 264 completions, 424 pass attempts, 3,770 passing yards 290.0 passing yards per game and 287.3 yards of total offense per game trail only Brandon Weeden in 2010 and 2011 on Oklahoma State’s single-season list ... Surpassed 300 yards passing six times and 400 yards three times ...
According to ESPN Stats and Info, his 40 completions on passes thrown at least 20 yards down the field tied California’s Jared Goff for the national lead among Power Five conference quarterbacks ... He had 13 touchdowns against just two interceptions on such passes (+11), a differential that matched Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield According to ESPN Stats and Info, he ranked seventh among qualified Power Five quarterbacks in average pass distance (10.9 yards past the line of scrimmage) ... Ranked in the top 10 nationally in completions of 30 yards or longer (28) and also completions of 40 yards or longer (16) ... The Big 12 leader with 14.28 yards per completion and ranked second in the league with 3,770 passing yards despite splitting quarterback reps with J.W. Walsh.
Earned several awards after he threw a career-best five touchdown passes against no interceptions in a win over No. 5 TCU, including the Walter Camp National Player of the Week, Big 12 Player of the Week, Davey O’Brien Award Performance of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and OSU’s offensive player of the game ... His passer rating in that game was 258.6, which set a single-game OSU record (min. 20 attempts) ... Five touchdown passes tied for fourth-most in a game in school history.
Had a career-high 437 passing yards vs. Kansas State, marking the most ever in a game for an OSU sophomore, the fourth-most passing yards in OSU history and the most for a Cowboy since 2011 ... His 55 pass attempts vs. Kansas State marked the fifth-most in a game in school history and his 34 completions in that game marked the sixth-most in a game ... Earned Big 12 Player of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and OSU’s offensive player of the week for his K-State performance.
He threw for 430 yards against Baylor, giving him two of the top seven passing performances in school history ... Completed an 82-yard pass for a touchdown to Marcell Ateman vs. the Horned Frogs, marking OSU’s longest play of the year and the seventh longest passing play in school history ... Started the first 11 games of the season before he missed all but three plays of the Bedlam regular season finale ... Returned to the starting lineup against Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl.
Was ticketed for a redshirt until an injury to Daxx Garman thrust him into the starting lineup in week 11 at No. 6 Baylor and he responded by turning in the most passing yards ever for an Oklahoma State player in his first game (281)
Etched his name into OSU Bedlam lore by quarterbacking the Cowboys to the second-largest fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory in school history as part of their 38-35 overtime win over the No. 18 Sooners in Norman ... Rudolph’s 273 passing yards against OU were the second-most ever for an OSU quarterback in a Bedlam Series game and his two touchdown passes that day tied for third-most ever for a Cowboy against the Sooners.
In the four games prior to Rudolph’s insertion into the lineup, OSU averaged 10.0 points and 286.5 yards of total offense per game, but with Rudolph at quarterback, the Cowboys averaged 32.0 points and 418.3 yards of total offense per game in the final three contests, all of which were away from home against quality opponents.
In his debut against Baylor, Rudolph thrived despite a number of factors that would typically hamper a quarterback’s performance - the game was played on the road in a driving rain storm and Rudolph played the majority of the contest with three freshmen and a sophomore on the offensive line facing a Baylor squad that entered the contest ranked 14th nationally in total defense ... Still, he completed 13-of-25 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears for the best debut for a Cowboy signal caller in school history ... On his 13 completions, Rudolph passed for more yards (281) than Baylor’s Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Petty did on 18 completions (262) ... In the Cactus Bowl against Washington, he had his best outing of the year with 299 passing yards (the most ever for a Cowboy freshman in a bowl game) and two touchdowns.
Coached by Kyle Richardson at Northwestern High School ... Led Northwestern to a 62-35 victory over Stratford in the South Carolina Class 4A Division II Championship Game, completing 40-of-57 passes for 488 yards with eight touchdown passes and only one interception ... Finished his senior season with 350 completions on 482 attempts for a 72.6 completion percentage ... Totaled 4,377 passing yards with 64 touchdown passes and eight interceptions as a senior, also rushed for 543 yards on 129 carries with a 4.2 average and 16 touchdowns
As a junior, threw for 3,990 yards, 41 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading his team to a state runner-up finish...Threw for 10,986 yards in three seasons...Finalist for the “Mr. Football” award in South Carolina ... Named Most Valuable Player of the oldest high school all-star game in the nation, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... South Carolina Football Coaches Association first team Palmetto Champions all-state team, Charlotte Observer all-region offensive player of the year, first-team all-region, and top 50 Carolina regional recruits (#4 in South Carolina), Rock Hill Herald all-area offensive player of the year as both a junior and as a senior ... Charlotte Observer first-team all-region as a junior ... Held offers from LSU, Louisville, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech Also recruited by Alabama, Duke, Georgia, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Vanderbilt... Earned all-region honors in basketball as a junior.
Mason Rudolph was born July 17, 1995 ... Son of Brett and Jamie Rudolph ... Mother ran track at Liberty University and dad played football for the University of North Carolina ... Marketing major.
Draft Scout Player News
01/18/18 - A sprained left foot will keep Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph out of the Senior Bowl, according to an NFL Media report Wednesday. Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee is expected to replace Rudolph on the roster for the annual all-star game in Mobile, Ala. The injury is not serious enough to require surgery, but the initial recommendation from doctors was two weeks of rest. That should give Rudolph enough time to heal before the NFL Combine in February. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Rudolph will still participate in measurements and interviews at the Senior Bowl, but he won't have a chance to improve his NFL Draft stock in practices. NFLDraftScout.com ranks Rudolph as the sixth-best quarterback prospect in 2018 and a likely second-round pick.
At Oklahoma State, Rudolph completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 13,618 yards and 92 touchdowns with 26 interceptions during his four-year career. Rudolph's absence leaves the Senior Bowl with a quarterback group that includes Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Wyoming's Josh Allen, Virginia's Kurt Benkert, Washington State's Luke Falk, Richmond's Kyle Lauletta, Western Kentucky's Mike White, Troy's Brandon Silvers and Lee. The 6-4, 220-pound Lee passed for 3,143 yards and 23 touchdowns with 16 interceptions last season at Nebraska. He is rated as the No. 23 quarterback prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. - The Sports Xchange
01/02/18 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Mason Rudolph (OPofY),...In addition to OSU's nine all-conference picks, 12 received honorable mention recognition, including Britton Abbott (fullback), Matt Ammendola (kicker), Keenen Brown (tight end), Calvin Bundage (linebacker), Crabtree (Offensive Lineman of the Year), Osborne (Defensive Lineman of the Year), Justin Phillips (linebacker), Ramon Richards (defensive back), Rudolph (Offensive Player of the Year), Zach Sinor (punter), Dillon Stoner (Offensive Freshman of the Year) and Chad Whitener (linebacker). - Oklahoma State Football
12/28/17 - No. 22 Virginia Tech was on the verge of finishing a lengthy drive and taking a double-figure lead early in the second quarter of the Camping World Bowl Thursday. But the inability to convert, as it so often does, changed the game's momentum in favor of No. 19 Oklahoma State. A botched handoff led to a fumble recovery by defensive back Ramon Richards at the Oklahoma State 12-yard line. The Cowboys scored on their next possession, took the lead for good before halftime and went on to a 30-21 decision at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 21-of-32 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns as Oklahoma State (10-3) won despite allowing 518 total yards and only possessing the ball for 21:47. However, key Hokie mistakes helped swing the outcome. None was bigger than the fumble that Richards recovered with Virginia Tech leading 7-3. It came on a first-down play from the Cowboys' 1-yard line and ended a drive that lasted 18 plays and traversed 82 yards while using 10:06 on the clock.
"It may have been," Richards said when asked if the play turned the game around. "But you have to give credit to a couple of guys who had an impact on the play before I even picked up the ball." The Cowboys converted the big turnover into a 36-yard field goal by Matt Ammendola that cut Virginia Tech's edge to 7-6 with 7:28 left in the first half. Justice Hill powered into the end zone from the 1 with 45 seconds left in the half to send Oklahoma State to the locker room ahead 13-7. Rudolph cranked up his right arm in the third quarter. The senior hit a sliding Dillon Stoner in the right front corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown pass less than four minutes into the period to finish a 79-yard drive. - The Sports Xchange
12/19/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State Sr. Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS,...Rudolph finished the regular season as the leading passer in the FBS, both in terms of passing yards (4,553) and passing yards per game (379.4) and he also leads the FBS in points responsible for per game (22.5). He ranks second in the FBS in both total offense (4,582) and total offense per game (381.8). Rudolph is among the top five quarterbacks nationally in virtually every major statistical category and he headlines the nation's top-ranked passing offense and the highest-scoring offense from any of the Power Five conferences. - Oklahoma State Football
11/30/17 - Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph was the surprising winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in an announcement made Thursday. Rudolph was the selection over Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in balloting for the award that goes to the nation's top senior quarterback. Mayfield is the prohibitive favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Rudolph leads the nation with 4,553 passing yards and has 35 touchdowns against nine interceptions. "Winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award is a meaningful honor for me because this is a reflection of how I was raised," Rudolph said in a statement. "I was taught from a young age that there is more to life than football and I'm thankful to the committee for selecting me. I am humbled and thankful to everyone who helped me get to this point."
The Unitas Award factors in character, citizenship, scholastic achievement and leader qualities in addition to football performance. That certainly was a factor in Rudolph winning the award. "Mason represents our football program the right way. He's won a ton of games for us. He's played with broken ribs, he's played with a broken foot and he's been tremendous for this school and tremendous for society," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said in a statement. "I had a conversation with his mom and dad and told them for everything that he's done (on the field), as a parent, you should be more proud of what he's done (in the community). He's awesome." The award ceremony is Dec. 8 in Baltimore. The other finalists were Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, North Carolina State's Ryan Finley and Penn State's Trace McSorley. - The Sports Xchange