Mason Rudolph is among the greatest leaders in Oklahoma State history. The same is true of his standing nationally.
Rudolph, the Cowboys’ star quarterback, is one of three finalists for the inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year. The award recognizes a player with “an outstanding record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship.”
“Rudolph has been a strong presence in the Stillwater community, where he has worked with countless children’s programs and developed friendships with local children who are seriously ill,” an official release stated. “He has routinely posted some of the best passing marks in all of college football while becoming a standout in the classroom.”
The other finalists for the award are Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick and UCF’s Shaquem Griffin. The winner will receive the award Feb. 22 at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
During his time as the Cowboys’ starter, Rudolph has set more than 30 program records. This season alone, he became Oklahoma State’s all-time leader in passing yards, total touchdowns and victories as a starting quarterback.
The Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year would not be Rudolph’s only honor recognizing off-the-field greatness. Rudolph also won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to the top senior or fourth-year quarterback who best exemplifies excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He is also a finalist for the Bobby Bowden Award, which goes to a player who “epitomizes a student-athlete as he represents God, his family, his institution and his community.”
Of course, his quarterback play has also been noteworthy. With the Cowboys at 9-3, Rudolph has them on the cusp of their third straight 10-win campaign. Oklahoma State has never won 10 games in three consecutive years.
Rudolph leads the FBS with 4,553 passing yards. He also ranks fourth in yards per attempt (10.0), touchdown passes (35) and pass efficiency (170.0). He was one of three finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award for the country’s best quarterback and finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting.
Rudolph will conclude his collegiate career Dec. 28 against Virginia Tech in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
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