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Former Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is doing something special for the community on Friday and Saturday when he returns to Stillwater, Okla.

Mason Rudolph gives back to Stillwater youth; 247Sports thinks Cowboys will disappoint in 2018

Welcome to the Tuesday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.

Mason Rudolph gives back

Stillwater stood behind Mason Rudolph for years and now the former Oklahoma State quarterback is giving back to the Stillwater community, according to The Oklahoman’s Nathan Ruiz.

Rudolph plans to take 10 lucky kids on a shopping spree at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Friday. Each kid will receive a $100 gift card to the store, and Rudolph will help them find football equipment and apparel to use for his youth camp on Saturday.

Rudolph is less than a month away from finding out where he’ll be taken in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s still making time between training to give back to the community, and likely provide a day those 10 kids will never forget.

247Sports says Cowboys will disappoint

The media is already doubting Oklahoma State.

247Sports.com’s Brad Crawford projected the “most disappointing” team in each Power-5 conference next season, and Crawford doesn’t think the Cowboys will match their success from a year ago.

From 247Sports.com:

The Cowboys basically have two months to get it going offensively after adjusting to life without Mason Rudolph, James Washington and Marcell Ateman before battling Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU over the final five weeks of the season. … If the Cowboys can navigate home games against Boise State and Texas Tech in September unscathed, there’s a good chance they’ll be inside the Top 15 at 7-0 in late October before the swoon begins.

The second half of Oklahoma State’s 2018 schedule won’t be easy. Coach Mike Gundy has kept the Cowboys consistently competitive for years, but this will be one of his toughest rebuilding jobs with major losses on offense.

Baseball sweeps Kansas State

Oklahoma State posted a 13-8 win over Kansas State on Monday. The come-from-behind win clinched another Big 12 series sweep for the Cowboys, who are 18-11-1 this season. Oklahoma State also made SportsCenter’s top-10 plays of the night.

Kansas State took a 6-4 lead after seven innings, but the Cowboys scored 9 runs in the final two innings. Oklahoma State hopes to carry the momentum into a midweek clash with Wichita State on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium on FCS.

Other headlines from the athletic department

What they’re saying on Twitter

• Strength and conditioning coach Gary Calcagno

• Oklahoma State football

• Football coach Mike Gundy

• Softball coach Kenny Gajewski

• Oklahoma State women’s golf

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