It’s always interesting to see players in the orange and black without orange-colored glasses. Here’s to an honest perspective of Mason Rudolph’s senior season.
Physically, Rudolph’s got it all at 6’5”, 230 pounds. His hand size was viewed as a concern, but it measured in at 9 1/8″, which is about average.
Ultimately, Rudolph did not have the senior season many of us expected. On paper, it looked good. He completed a career high 65% of his passes, along with 37 touchdowns to nine interceptions. His QB rating of 170.6 was also a career best. Rudolph has certainly become a proficient downfield passer, arguably the best in the draft.
But he still struggled with the intermediate and short passes, while he footwork appeared to be off at times when under pressure on shorter routes. That part of his game did not drastically improve from his junior to senior seasons. Plus, as always, the Oklahoma State Cowboys offense isn’t often loved by NFL folks (although that is slowly changing). [Heartland College Sports]
Reconciling a senior season that didn’t meet expectations with a career year is hard to do. Especially when a handful of plays one way or another are the difference between two more wins or losses.
SB Nation coined James Washington and Marcell Ateman a pair of superheroes.
Ateman was Robin to Washington’s Batman.
“It was [Washington] with the deep balls, posts, and everything,” Ateman said at the NFL Combine. “And it was me with the ins and outs and everything. That’s how we played because those were our roles.”
Ateman is the one who looks like an NFL receiver, while Washington looks more like a running back at 5’11, 213 pounds. But regardless if Washington’s collegiate success continues into the professional ranks, the NFL may be Ateman’s chance to finally become a star. [SBNation]
It’s hard to figure out which thousand yard -receiver to be most excited about concerning an NFL career.
OSU and NCAA Notes
Apparently Boise State (OSU’s big non-con opponent this fall) is stacked for a Gang of Five run….HCS interviewed former OK State five-star Herschel Sims (as did QB recruit Grant Gunnell)….Winners, losers, and surprises from college basketball coaching search so far…. Tyron Johnson is back in his world, leading the team
Neat gesture here to honor a Stillwater icon.
We are honoring Whisperin’ Richard The Barber with a permanent plaque outside of the old Varsity Barber Shop on Saturday April 21st. Dot & Family would like friends to gather at 12:30 at Hideaway then the plaque will be unveiled about 2pm.
“Fun, Bud… fun, ya know it?!?” pic.twitter.com/A9HD3opQI8
— Larry Reece (@cowboyvoice) April 13, 2018
Couple of Pokes making a run at college golf’s Heisman.
Did you know: Zach Bauchou and Viktor Hovland are the 17th teammates to be semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award in the same year. It is the 5th time (’07, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’18) the teammates have been from @OSUCowboyGolf.
— The Ben Hogan Award (@BenHoganAward) April 12, 2018
Cowgirl got picked up in the draft last night.
— Cowgirl Basketball (@OSUWBB) April 13, 2018
What You Missed on PFB
- Samford big man set to visit Stillwater to discuss filling the big man vacancy
- Speaking of big man vacancies, former Xavier signee set to visit Stillwater also
- Porter and Carson talk Rickie’s run in Augusta plus basketball recruiting in latest pod
- Phillip catches up with former Cowboy baseballers to talk about new stadium
- Four intriguing NFL landing spots for Mason Rudolph
Other Stuff I’m Reading
- Neat story about how an older lady took over the family business and grew it massively
- Can OKC beat the Utah Jazz without Corey Brewer? (doesn’t appear that they’ll need to)
- Cal Newport explaining “high modernism” was enlightening
Source: Pistols Firing
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