5 best Big 12 offensive players against WVU

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Mason Rudolph

Mason Rudolph is from South Carolina and plays football in Oklahoma. This winter, he may end up in New York City. One Sports Illustrated writer predicts Rudolph will win the Heisman Trophy.

It’s not a stretch because the Cowboys were also picked to make the College Football Playoff by Sports Illustrated in an issue where Rudolph graced the cover.

Last year, Rudolph threw for 540 yards in a game against Pitt and racked up numbers that out him next to a former Cowboys great. 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 on Oklahoma State’s single-season list.

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Last year against West Virginia, Rudolph was 26 of 36 passing for 273 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 37-20 victory over the WVU football team.

According to SI.com, Rudolph is the No. 34 best player in college football. The website said, “Rudolph could have jumped to the NFL this off-season after throwing for more than 4,000 yards with a 28–4 touchdown-interception ratio in 2016. Instead, he returned to Stillwater to inherit a cast of perimeter weapons with no equal in the Big 12. Senior wide receiver James Washington is a chore to defend on deep routes, but Rudolph will have an assortment of alternatives even if Washington isn’t open, like upperclassmen Jalen McCleskey and Chris Lacy, LSU transfer Tyron Johnson or Marcell Ateman, who returns after missing last season due to foot surgery. Oklahoma State is going to put up a ton of points, and Rudolph will be responsible for a large share of them.”

It’s hard to imagine that there’s a bigger quarterback threat in the Big 12 than Mason Rudolph, but there is. And, he’s coming ahead soon.