By Glen Chenoweth
In 2016 Mason Rudolph came into the season as a dark horse candidate for the Heisman trophy. After a sloppy game against Central Michigan Rudolph's hopes were dashed. The refs became the story of the Oklahoma State season until Bedlam where again Rudolph underperformed playing against the 2016 Big 12 champion. Then to end the season, Rudolph showed us a glimpse of what kind of quarterback he can be in the Alamo Bowl victory against a 10 win PAC-12 team.
So a year later heading into the 2017 season what are Mason Rudolph's Heisman hopes, well much better than last year's chances. Rudolph comes into 2017 with a sophomore running back who rushed for more than 1,000 years in his freshman year in Justice Hill. Rudolph also has the wideouts to truly make him in the running for a 5,000 yard passing year, especially in the pass happy BIG-12.
James Washington returns to the team for his senior year and after he caught 10 touchdowns and caught 71 passes for 1,380 yards, Washington is looking to keep his name in the discussion to be a first round draft pick. The Rudolph to Washington fade route will only be better in the final year of the All-BIG-12 duos collegiate career.
Rudolph also has Jalen McCleskey returning to the team who finished the year with more than 800 yards receiving and Chris Lacy who averaged 15.8 yards receiving on just 31 catches.
Also, this 5-star receiver who played one season at LSU, named Tyron Johnson transferred to OSU to play for Coach Gundy and his well known passing attack. Johnson has sat out a year and has learned from watching the receivers last year and the offense from the coaching staff.
All of this and Rudolph had 4,000 yards passing last year and he has been named to the 2017 Maxwell and Davey O'Brien award watch list.
Rudolph has an elite running back, an offensive line with one new member, a six foot eight transfer from Cal Berkley, three returning receivers from last year, Marcell Ateman who is returning from injury after having over 750 yards receiving in 2015, and a 5-star transfer to work with. Rudolph is already the man around campus but with the Heisman trophy in his hands, everyone will let him cut the line into the bars.