Rudolph Gets Respect From Athlon's

We are just about three weeks away from the start of "magazine season." One of the top preseason football magazines is Athlon's, which is starting to leak content out on the internet. One interesting early tidbit on is a ranking of the quarterbacks in the Big 12. It included some really pleasant and, in my opinion, intelligent show of respect for Oklahoma State.

I won't spoil all of the rankings as that would be highly unfair to the folks at Athlon's but I will tell you that after the obvious choice for top-ranked signal caller in the Big 12 in TCU returning starting quarterback Trevone Boykin was the Cowboys sophomore starter and veteran of just three Division I games Mason Rudolph.

Athlon's is preaching to the choir with me on this as I have told all Cowboy fans and readers that I felt Rudolph was the top quarterback nationally in the 2014 high school recruiting class. Check the numbers, the accomplishments, the state championship, the all-star performances, and the regret so many coaching staffs have and it all adds up.

Rudolph just did not care enough for the personal credit to go to the camps and combines as he did for the team accomplishment of preparing to dominate South Carolina's Class 4A high school ranks. The 16-0 mark by Rock Hill Northwestern, the 72.6 completion percentage, 4,377 passing yards and 4,920 yards of total offense, 64 touchdown passes to just eight interceptions, and another 16 rushing touchdowns.

More proof in his ability to come in midstream late in the season and be so at ease in his first start on the road, in the rain, in front of a full house of Baylor fans looking for their sixth-ranked Bears to destroy the young quarterback. Instead in the fourth quarter Rudolph had OSU driving to make it a game closer than the Baylor fans wanted and had them just a little nervous. He went on to engineer a Bedlam upset and a win over a highly thought of Washington defense in the Cactus Bowl.

Now Athlon's is all in with Rudolph's continued development and success. "With an improving offensive line and one of the Big 12’s top receiving corps, Rudolph should push for all-conference honors in 2015." (Click here to read more.)

As for Rudolph, like most of the Oklahoma State players, he is catching a few weeks at home before returning to prepare for the upcoming season and attend summer school and summer workouts.

"I feel a lot better and I'm a lot more comfortable with the offense," Rudolph said at the end of spring. "Collectively (offensively), we've got a lot better and that late energy we produced in those last few games has led to great chemistry and we are all excited and feel this is going to be a fun season. We will work hard this summer and be ready to get things done. I will focus on a lot mentally this summer getting ready for all the looks in the Big 12 and what our defense will throw at us to help make us better."

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