The starting quarterback job at Oklahoma State is locked down by senior Mason Rudolph, potentially the Big 12’s best signal-caller and 2017 Heisman Trophy contender. But, should disaster strike the Cowboys and Rudolph goes down, the battle for next man up is creating buzz in Stillwater.
And it appears the two-horse race could be coming to a climax, according to The Oklahoman.
“I’m waiting for one of those guys to say, ‘I’m the guy,’” Gundy said. “I’m hoping that we can accomplish that over the next 10 days. Both of them have made plays at times, and both have made mistakes at other times, but once we get into practice No. 16 or No. 18, there’s only a limited number of reps. At that point, we’ll have to say that one guy is going to get the majority of the reps.”
The options: walk-on junior Taylor Cornelius and redshirt freshman Keondre Wudtee. Whoever wins the backup job this season will likely have a leg up on replacing Rudolph in 2018.
Entering his fourth season with the Cowboys, Cornelius has been a constant in what has been a fluid situation. Rudolph had his redshirt pulled extremely late during his freshman season after injuries at the position, essentially wasting a year of eligibility. Although Rudolph has solidly held onto the starting job since, Cornelius has seen the likes of Daxx Garman, J.W. Walsh, John Kolar, Jake Hubenak and Jelani Woods cycle through the quarterback room.
Wudtee, on the other hand, is a flashy scholarship player who was surrounded by hype a season ago as a true freshman limited to the scout team. A three-star prospect in the 2016 class, Wudtee displayed a strong arm and big moves on the ground after just a few months with the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State opens the 2018 season on Aug. 31 at home against Tulsa.