It is rare that a freshman quarterback jumps to the top of the depth chart and this summer and into fall camp Keondre Wudtee has not done that in Stillwater, but the talented young man has opened eyes wide open as he has played as good as anyone would have imagined. He has shown a good dose of maturity and even a comfort level beyond most freshmen. In Friday's second scrimmage he followed up a two touchdown pass performance in the first scrimmage with several solid series. He will no doubt spend a lot of time with the varsity offense this season and be groomed to compete for the starting job in the near future. He is athletic, but also an excellent passer that will only improve.
"He hasn't played a down yet, so it's hard to say that he's arrived," Yurcich said of his young quarterback. "We're going to see what he is made of. He's a freshman, he's a mature young man, so he is a lot like Rudolph was when he came in, talented young guy, true freshman, but mature. There is a learning curve, a growth curve, but it seems like he is ahead of the pack as far as just having his head on, knowing schemes. He was coached very well in high school. I think that has a lot of roll over into what he is right now."
Last December Keondre Wudtee thought he would stay around Louisiana, actually not be very far from home and mom's cooking by attending Louisiana Tech in Ruston. He was committed to the Techsters and then Oklahoma State was jilted by longtime quarterback commitment Nick Starkel.
The Cowboys went into overdrive looking for a quarterback for their class and Mike Yurcich liked Wudtee. He was tall at 6-4, and athletic as he played basketball and ran track too. Okay, he threw off his back foot a lot, but the ball had lots of velocity and always got where it needed to go. He did throw for 3,466 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Parkway High School in Bossier City.
Here came the Cowboys and Big 12 rival TCU and Missouri, while Houston jumped in too.
"When I went up there and took my visit, I liked the environment, the coaches," Wudtee said. "I feel like their offense fit me real good."
Wudtee's high school coach, David Feaster, said that Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy had told Wudtee that he could arrive and immediately become the backup to starter Mason Rudolph. Wudtee has done his part by coming in and studying hard, learning the offense, and improving throwing technique and has a quick release.
"He's an athletic dude and the defense thinks they've got you every time," Rudolph said. "But he is an athletic dude and you don't have him. He has got better as a passer since I've been here and I think he has a bright future."
Wudtee threw for two touchdowns in the Cowboys first scrimmage and has played well in practice. He has made the decision tough on Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich as a redshirt season would guarantee another full season of Wudtee in an OSU uniform, but he is competitive with Taylor Cornelius for the backup role right now.