Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is having one of the best seasons in the country. If he keeps up his pace, he could have one of the best this decade.
Rudolph’s 2,650 passing yards lead the FBS, while his passing efficiency of 181.1 in third in the FBS. No other quarterback ranks in the top three in both categories. In fact, Rudolph would become only the third Power 5-conference quarterback in the past 10 seasons to rank in the top three in passing yardage and efficiency. The other two both won the Heisman Trophy.
In 2008, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford finished third in the FBS in yardage and first in efficiency en route to his Heisman. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota took the same route in 2014, with the third-most passing yards and highest efficiency.
With the Cowboys at 6-1, Rudolph remains a darkhorse Heisman candidate. He faces competition at his own position from Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, who leads the nation in efficiency, as well as running backs Saquon Barkley at Penn State and Bryce Love at Stanford.
Rudolph leads UCLA’s Josh Rosen by only 30 yards for yardage title as of now, but he’s about 250 yards ahead of Colorado State’s Nick Steven’s for a spot in the top three. With efficiency, he’s 7.3 points in front Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett.
It won’t be easy for Rudolph to remain among the top three in each category, but doing so could lead to historic results.
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