SAN ANTONIO, Texas -–There was a tweet on Christmas Day from Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph on his Twitter account about suiting up one last time with his teammates. Some media and fans read into that Rudolph was telling everybody that the Alamo Bowl on Thursday night in San Antonio will be his last game at Oklahoma State.
Well, apparently Rudolph has seen the NFL evaluation that the league sends to underclass candidates that request it. Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, also a junior and also considering an early path into the NFL, told Go Pokes today that his evaluation was in before he left Stillwater last Tuesday for a few days off.
"Coach (Rob) Glass gave mine to me, and I don't want to speak for those guys (Rudolph, wide receiver James Washington and middle linebacker Chad Whitener) but I think they had theirs too," Taylor said. "It's nothing we've talked about or anything."
Taylor said his evaluation won't impact his play in the game and he hasn't made his mind up. He said he has talked to his father, but for now he is spending time with his teammates having fun and getting ready for the bowl game in San Antonio, his second home where he graduated from Madison High School after relocating to San Antonio from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
"I'm getting ready to play in the game," Taylor emphasized.
One Oklahoma State source told me that Rudolph's tweet on Christmas Day was not intended to be a proclamation or even a hint of one, but that he was talking about playing with his team one more time this season.
I would guess that Glass gave all the players their evaluations s he does handle that, not Mike Gundy. It is generally something Gundy will discuss with the individual players and even their families after the bowl game.