Oklahoma State lost a lot of talent after 10-win season in 2017, and media outlets are taking notice. On Wednesday, 247Sports’ Chris Hummer listed five teams he expects to suffer a drop in 2018, and Oklahoma State made the cut.
According to Hummer, Oklahoma State is expected to slide because of the stars lost on offense. Quarterback Mason Rudolph and several top receivers departed after the 2017 season, and the question marks on the offensive depth chart provide a lot of uncertainty.
“[T]he Cowboys are the selection here because their roster is a bit more unsettled. As of now, there isn’t a surefire replacement for Mason Rudolph under center. Quarterback, more than anything, is the critical element to Mike Gundy and Mike Yurcich’s offensive system. Grad transfer Dru Brown arrives this summer from Hawaii, but there’s no telling how he’ll adjust.”
The major domino left to fall for Oklahoma State is its quarterback race. Spring ball saw the quarterback reps shared between 2017 reps Taylor Cornelius and John Kolar, but the starting job could end up going to a quarterback not currently on campus.
Hawaii grad transfer Dru Brown, who threw 37 touchdowns for the Rainbow Warriors over the last two seasons, is one of the favorites, but isn’t expected to be available until fall camp. 4-star freshman Spencer Sanders is also expected to challenge for the job, and coach Mike Gundy has said that he’s not afraid to play a freshman at quarterback in 2018.
Cornelius, Brown and Sanders all look to launch major challenges for the starting job, in a race that likely won’t be settled until right before the season starts. Hummer notes that Oklahoma State’s nonconference schedule – which features games with South Alabama and Missouri State – could help soften the blow.
However, it looks like an uphill battle for the Cowboys to reach the 10-win mark again this season.