Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph entered 2017 considered one of college football’s top quarterbacks. His work this season has elevated his status.
Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon has Rudolph’s the fourth-best quarterback through six weeks of play. He’s behind only Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Washington State’s Luke Falk and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
“Rudolph is comfortable and efficient throwing in rhythm,” Kenyon wrote. “He also has a thorough grasp of the offensive system and shows it going through a progression. Although Rudolph has a habit of finessing throws, that touch is a real asset on downfield attempts.”
After an idle weekend, Rudolph is fifth in the FBS with 1,909 passing yards but has nearly 50 fewer attempts than anyone ahead of him. He’s tied for third with 16 passing touchdowns, but again, no one tied or ahead of him has fewer attempts. Only Mayfield and Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton have higher passer ratings.
Rudolph also became Oklahoma State’s all-time passing yardage leader earlier this year. It’d be surprising if he didn’t complete his career as the Cowboys’ leader in touchdowns, completions and attempts. Despite the praise toward Rudolph, Kenyon was hesitant about his chances to leap into a top spot without winning each of its next four games: homecoming Saturday against Baylor, at Texas and West Virginia, then a showdown with Mayfield and the Sooners at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“Unless the Pokes sweep those opponents,” Kenyon wrote, “Rudolph will likely remain a highly productive quarterback who is just on the outside of national award races.”
The path to the top spot continues Saturday.
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