Every year, people jump on the bandwagon of a college athlete very early in the season and dub them as Heisman worthy, only to see them fall off the map for the rest of the year. They play cupcake teams in the beginning and look like stars and then when the meat of the schedule falls on them, they look like an Average Joe. Well, I’m here to tell you, Mason Rudolph is not that guy!
Mason is the quarterback for the undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys. They are front runners for the Big 12 title this year along side rival Oklahoma.
He is a senior this season and it shows in his decision making ability and in his leadership presence that isn’t seen on any stat sheets. Mason started in the second to last week of his freshman season and has impressed year after year for the boys in Orange.
In only three games this season, Mason has already thrown up monster numbers, with 1134 passing yards. Surprisingly enough, as the competition gets stronger, he is steadily improving game after game. He threw for 303 against Tulsa, 335 against South Alabama, and then put up 497 against a decent Pittsburgh team who was only down 2 scores to Penn State going into the fourth quarter a few weeks back.
Mason is currently 5th in the FBS in passing yards. First place is Josh Rosen who has attempted 46 more passes than Rudolph this season.
The Cowboys signal caller has completed a staggering 73.6 percent of his passes this season. That is over 14 percent better than last year’s Heisman winner in Lamar Jackson.
It does help that the offense is so balanced and he only has to throw the ball an average of 31 times a game. What is more impressive though, is his downfield passing ability. He averages over 14 yards per pass. That coupled with the high percentage rate is extremely impressive.
Rudolph has shown time and time again that he is extremely difficult to bring down in the backfield. He is averaging only 1 sack per game so far this season. What makes this even more dangerous is the fact that he doesn’t just tuck the ball and run.
He keeps his eyes downfield and allows his talented receivers the time to get open before delivering a strike. You won’t see him put up 100 yards rushing in a game like Lamar Jackson or Jalen Hurts, but that isn’t because he can’t. He does have 9 rushing touchdowns in his career at OK State.
You don’t have to worry about Mason Rudolph throwing very many interceptions. For his entire career, Rudolph has a 66/18 touchdown to interception ratio.
This season alone, he already has 11 TD’s through the air to only 1 interception. His interception against Pitt was the first one in 216 attempts, which broke a school record. It is safe to say, the kid knows how to take care of the football.
All of these factors are why I’m naming Mason Rudolph my front runner for the Heisman Trophy after 3 weeks of college football. His toughest tests are yet to come with the likes of Oklahoma and West Virginia. His first real test will come this weekend when they face a rejuvenated TCU that is undefeated on the season as well.
Time will tell, but this kid has the big arm and play-making abilities to take his team to their first four team playoff this season and also a great shot at hoisting that coveted Heisman trophy as well.