Has played at a level that matches some of Oklahoma State’s all-time best quarterbacks ... Has quarterbacked OSU to a 22-6 record as a starter and has led the Cowboys to eight victories in games in which they trailed during the second half ... Enters the 2017 season ranked in the top six among active FBS players in career passing yards (third), career passing yards per game (second), career passing yards per attempt (second), career pass efficiency (third) and career touchdown-to-interception ratio (sixth) ... Led all FBS quarterbacks returning in 2017 in both interception avoidance and touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2016 ... Tabbed as the No. 19 player in college football heading into the 2017 season by Athlon Sports ... Already the owner of no fewer than 11 school records, he is in position to set OSU career records for pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns in the 2017 season and he also has a very real chance to finish his career as the most efficient passer in Oklahoma State history.Full Bio
Career Passing Yards
Putting up high-end numbers for a top-10 team that finds itself in the Big 12 and College Football Playoff discussion, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is a Heisman Trophy candidate who is playing in a showcase game this week, as the 10th-ranked Cowboys host ninth-ranked Oklahoma in a Bedlam clash that includes ESPN’s College GameDay program originating live from Stillwater.
The senior out of Rock Hill, S.C., was selected to the Midseason AP All-America team and ranks No. 1 in FBS in passing yards (2,866) and passing yards per game (358.3).
In total, Rudolph ranks among the top five individuals nationally in nine different NCAA statistics. He also leads the nation in completions of at least 30, 40 and 60 yards.
Additionally, he is ranked No. 2 nationally in ESPN’s total QBR metric at 86.3 and is among the NCAA’s active career leaders in every important passing statistic.
If the Oklahoma State football record book is any indication, then Rudolph has a legitimate argument as the best quarterback in school history.
A little more than halfway through his senior year, Rudolph owns no fewer than 32 school records.
Here's where Rudolph stands this week among the national leaders and in the OSU record book:
Mason Rudolph's 2017 FBS Rankings (Top 8)
1. Passing Yards (2,866)
1. Passing Yards Per Game (358.3)
2. ESPN Total QBR (86.3)
2. Total Offense (366.0)
3. Passing Efficiency (175.5)
3. Passing Yards per Completion (15.83)
3. Yards per Pass Attempt (10.38)
4. Points Responsible For (174)
4. Points Responsible For Per Game (21.8)
8. Passing TDs (22)
A semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ... On the watch list for the Maxwell, Manning and Lombardi awards and a nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy ... Honored as OSU’s offensive MVP by the coaches ... The only player in the country in 2016 who surpassed 4,000 passing yards while throwing less than five interceptions ... Also the only quarterback in the country who averaged more than 34 passing attempts per game while throwing less than five interceptions ... At one point of the season, he threw 164 consecutive passes without an interception and he finished the season with a second streak of 123 consecutive passes without being picked ... He’ll take that one into 2017 ... Ranked in the top 20 of several NCAA rankings, including passing yards (eighth with 4,091), passing yards per game (seventh with 314.7), passing yards per attempt (10th with 9.13), passing yards per completion (10th with 14.40), pass efficiency (10th at 158.9), total offense (12th with 319.4 yards per game), passing touchdowns (20th with 28) and completions per game (20th with 21.85) ... Surpassed 350 yards passing in five games and 300 yards passing in a half on two occasions ... 300 yards in a half had only been accomplished twice in Oklahoma State history prior to what Rudolph accomplished in 2016 ... Set a school record with 540 passing yards against Pitt that also represented the fifth-highest single-game figure in the nation this season ... His 20.77 yards per completion in the game also set a single-game school record (min. 20 completions) ... Set the tone by completing a 91-yard touchdown pass to James Washington on the first play of the Pitt game, which marked the second-longest pass completion in school history ... Ranked fourth nationally with 36 completions of at least 30 yards ... The only quarterback in the country with four completions of at least 80 yards ... More than half of his completions went for at least 10 yards ... Started every game ... His 4,091 passing yards ranked as the third-most in a season in school history, trailing only Brandon Weeden’s 2010 and 2011 seasons ... His 284 completions and 448 attempts both ranked second in school history and his 28 passing touchdowns ranked fourth ... In addition to the 540 yards vs. Pitt, his highest passing yardage games were 457 vs. Kansas State, 395 vs. Texas Tech, 392 vs. Texas and 351 vs. Iowa State ... According to ESPN’s QBR metric, he had five games with a QBR above 88.0, including a season-best 96.0 rating in the Alamo Bowl against a Colorado defense that entered the game ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency defense and 13th in the nation in pass defense ... Rudolph completed 22-of-32 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns against zero interceptions in that game against a CU secondary that was hailed as the nation’s best during the regular season ... Other standout performances came against Texas and K-State ... Against the Longhorns, he completed 19-of-28 passes for 392 yards with three touchdowns against no interceptions for a passer rating of 220.81 and a QBR of 95.2 ... Against K-State, he completed 29-of-38 passes for 457 yards and five touchdowns for a passer rating of 210.23 and a QBR of 90.4 ... Threw four touchdown passes against Iowa State and three each against Texas, West Virginia and Colorado ... Also made an impact rushing the ball, ranking third on the team with six rushing touchdowns, including four in the last three regular season games ... When his sacks are removed from the equation, he rushed 52 times for 258 yards (4.96 yards per carry) ... A four-time honoree on the Davey O’Brien Award “Great Eight” and a five-time Manning Award Star of the Week ... Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Texas Tech.
A second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree ... Honored by the coaches as the Bob Fenimore Award recipient, given to the team’s offensive MVP ... His 264 completions, 424 pass attempts, 3,770 passing yards 290.0 passing yards per game and 287.3 yards of total offense per game trail only Brandon Weeden in 2010 and 2011 on Oklahoma State’s single-season list ... Surpassed 300 yards passing six times and 400 yards three times ... According to ESPN Stats and Info, his 40 completions on passes thrown at least 20 yards down the field tied California’s Jared Goff for the national lead among Power Five conference quarterbacks ... He had 13 touchdowns against just two interceptions on such passes (+11), a differential that matched Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield ... According to ESPN Stats and Info, he ranked seventh among qualified Power Five quarterbacks in average pass distance (10.9 yards past the line of scrimmage) ... Ranked in the top 10 nationally in completions of 30 yards or longer (28) and also completions of 40 yards or longer (16) ... The Big 12 leader with 14.28 yards per completion and ranked second in the league with 3,770 passing yards despite splitting quarterback reps with J.W. Walsh ... Earned several awards after he threw a career-best five touchdown passes against no interceptions in a win over No. 5 TCU, including the Walter Camp National Player of the Week, Big 12 Player of the Week, Davey O’Brien Award Performance of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and OSU’s offensive player of the game ... His passer rating in that game was 258.6, which set a single-game OSU record (min. 20 attempts) ... Five touchdown passes tied for fourth-most in a game in school history ... Had a career-high 437 passing yards vs. Kansas State, marking the most ever in a game for an OSU sophomore, the fourth-most passing yards in OSU history and the most for a Cowboy since 2011 ... His 55 pass attempts vs. Kansas State marked the fifth-most in a game in school history and his 34 completions in that game marked the sixth-most in a game ... Earned Big 12 Player of the Week, Manning Award Star of the Week and OSU’s offensive player of the week for his K-State performance ... He threw for 430 yards against Baylor, giving him two of the top seven passing performances in school history ... Completed an 82-yard pass for a touchdown to Marcell Ateman vs. the Horned Frogs, marking OSU’s longest play of the year and the seventh longest passing play in school history ... Started the first 11 games of the season before he missed all but three plays of the Bedlam regular season finale ... Returned to the starting lineup against Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl.
Was ticketed for a redshirt until an injury to Daxx Garman thrust him into the starting lineup in week 11 at No. 6 Baylor and he responded by turning in the most passing yards ever for an Oklahoma State player in his first game (281) ... Etched his name into OSU Bedlam lore by quarterbacking the Cowboys to the second-largest fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory in school history as part of their 38-35 overtime win over the No. 18 Sooners in Norman ... Rudolph’s 273 passing yards against OU were the second-most ever for an OSU quarterback in a Bedlam Series game and his two touchdown passes that day tied for third-most ever for a Cowboy against the Sooners ... In the four games prior to Rudolph’s insertion into the lineup, OSU averaged 10.0 points and 286.5 yards of total offense per game, but with Rudolph at quarterback, the Cowboys averaged 32.0 points and 418.3 yards of total offense per game in the final three contests, all of which were away from home against quality opponents ... In his debut against Baylor, Rudolph thrived despite a number of factors that would typically hamper a quarterback’s performance - the game was played on the road in a driving rain storm and Rudolph played the majority of the contest with three freshmen and a sophomore on the offensive line facing a Baylor squad that entered the contest ranked 14th nationally in total defense ... Still, he completed 13-of-25 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears for the best debut for a Cowboy signal caller in school history ... On his 13 completions, Rudolph passed for more yards (281) than Baylor’s Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Petty did on 18 completions (262) ... In the Cactus Bowl against Washington, he had his best outing of the year with 299 passing yards (the most ever for a Cowboy freshman in a bowl game) and two touchdowns.
There is a moment, after almost every Oklahoma State touchdown, when Mason Rudolph points toward the heavens.
It's something the quarterback has done for years, a reflection of his faith, an acknowledgment of his God.
But this past season, it was also a reminder of his buddy, Gavin King.
You have seen Gavin. He was the boy in that memorable picture captured after a game two seasons ago. He was cradled in Rudolph's arms as the Cowboys sang the alma mater. He was wearing a Spider-Man sweatshirt and Lightning McQueen shoes. He was pale and thin and bald.
The 4-year-old was taking chemo.Continue Reading
This fall, Oklahoma State will be able to send the preseason favorite for the Biletnikoff Award out wide on one side.
Rotate a pair of athletic specimens opposite him.
Line up the Big 12’s top returning pass-catcher out of the slot.
And bring two former ESPN 300 recruits off the bench.
Oklahoma State's receiving corps has all the pieces to be the best in school history.
And, perhaps, the best in college football in 2017.
“It’s loaded,” said Cowboys senior quarterback Mason Rudolph, who smiled while seemingly contemplating the array of enticing options he’ll have. “That was part of the reason I came back. What quarterback wouldn't want to with the momentum and the depth chart and the team I’ve got to distribute the ball to?Continue Reading
What they're saying about Mason Rudolph
West Virginia Head Coach
"Mason Rudolph is probably the best pure pocket passer that we have in our league. .... They’ll run it, but the thing that scares you more than anything is just their drop back passing game, getting the ball down the field and scoring it in a hurry."
"With a loaded receiving corps around him, Rudolph could have a monster final season in Stillwater."
"Oklahoma State is a prime contender in the Big 12 and the best news for Rudolph is that he's going to have arguably the best wide receiver in the nation to throw to in James Washington. After throwing for over 4,000 yards last year with a solid 28-4 TD:INT ratio, Rudolph could surpass those numbers in 2017."
Colorado Head Coach
"Wow, you need to make sure he stays in. He’s really good. He’s excellent. Their offense, they do everything. They can throw the deep ball so well."