Today was the annual spring game for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Orange team led by Mason Rudolph defeated the black team 24-0.
“Overall it was a good day today.” said Coach Mike Gundy in the weight room after the game, “We got out of this without any injuries. This day always makes me more nervous than any day for us as a team because we have so many guys playing next to guys that aren't accustomed to it yet due to youth or inexperience. Some veteran guys got some work. Some young guys got to play a little bit. I'm glad we got through today. We had a great crowd. It was awesome to have this many people here. We're looking forward to the next phase.”
Rudolph was 13 of 17 through the air with 204 yards, one touchdown and one INT. Mason’s biggest play of the day, a 39-yard strike to redshirt freshman Tyrell Alexander to extend the drive on 3rd and 11 and a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Alexander had two catches on the day with 39 yards being his longest.
"He did good. He made some great passes and put it out there for us to make some good catches.", said receiver Chris Lacy about Rudolph’s performance. Lacy had a nice day with two catches for 61 yards.
"It was a fun day, kind of short for me.” said senior QB Mason Rudolph, “Felt like I had a good first half and had a few good drives in there. Got the ball to some new people like Tyrell Alexander and he had couple really nice catches. Overall, it was a good day and everyone stayed injury free and that's all you can ask for.".
Backup Taylor Cornelius had a solid day with five of nine passing with a 22 yard touchdown to Obi Obialo.
"I thought Taylor (Cornelius) played well.” said Coach Gundy talking about orange team back up QB and then about the black team QBs, “The defense was a little loaded on the orange. The two ends on the orange team were a lot more mature, put a lot of pressure on the black team. We had a hard time, black had a hard time controlling those guys, but I thought Taylor did a good job. The other guys that were inexperienced looked inexperienced to me. I thought number 14 did well."
Biletnikoff hopeful and orange team leader James Washington was relatively quiet today with three catches and only 31 yards.
Someone who made an impact on the field today and someone to look out for in the future was redshirt freshman La’Darren Brown. He had 10 carries for only 49 yards, but he’s a very tough and physical back who could some serious minutes this fall.
Orange kicker Matt Ammendola had a rocky performance today missing two of three field goals. But if you’re looking for some solace, it’s easy to find. The redshirt sophomore’s missed field goals were at distances of 48 and 43 and each one missed by narrow margins and they had at least 15-20 EXTRA yards on the end of them.
On the other side of the field, it was a bit of a different story. There wasn’t a lot of experience and it showed. Keodre Wudtee was one of six for only six yards and a sack and redshirt sophomore John Kolar was one of two for only seven yards and two INTs.
One of the reasons that the black team QBs had so much trouble down the field early on was a man who was switched from corner to safety, Ramon Richards.
"It's been great. It’s been amazing.” said Richards, “I love the position and I'm excited for the potential that I have. For one, ball skills. I've got my hands on a lot of balls. I got to make sure that I catch them. Two, bringing the young guys up and letting them know that they are not just here to fill in. They are here to make plays and go a step further.".
One of the glimmers of hope on that side of the ball was cornerback Bryce Balous who had a 37-yard interception. The redshirt sophomore looks to have a pretty productive year.
One of the things that Coach Gundy had mentioned to the media early on in the season last year that he was afraid that the team didn’t have an identity until the fourth or fifth game. And as of right now, the teams seems to have found one and we aren’t even to summer yet.
"There's a lot of excitement and energy with the guys.” said Coach Gundy after the spring game, “We have a number of returning players that are experienced and can make plays, and at the skill position everyone loves to see touchdowns, catches, throws and runs. So I think there is a lot of excitement. It seems like we have really good leadership. Last year I had mentioned to the media that I was concerned that we hadn't really created an identity for our team and we didn't until about the third or fourth game of the year. I think that we've somewhat created our identity now for next year's team.".