As spring practice ends for Oklahoma State, the Heisman talk picks up for star quarterback Mason Rudolph. The Heisman hopeful led the Orange squad to a 24-0 win over the Black squad as fans got a taste of some of this powerful offense and revived defense they will see in September. With the spring game came some standouts and some duds:
-Mason Rudolph excelled in his few drives going 13 of 17 for 204 yards and a score. After the game, head coach Mike Gundy called Rudolph “a great leader” as the team will follow where he goes. On top of his performance, Rudolph signed many autographs including signing a baby.
-Wide Receivers Tyrell Alexander and Chris Lacy impressed as both connected with Rudolph for big plays for the Orange team. Rudolph said it was nice to find new targets like redshirt freshman Alexander during the game.
-With Justice Hill out, it was time for the depth of the running back core to show off and La’Darren Brown certainly did that. Out of Dallas, this was Brown’s first time to show off his skills catching a touchdown from Rudolph and having a couple of big runs throughout the day.
-Defensive ends Cole Walterscheid and Trey Carter were among the few bright spots on defense. Carter recorded a sack while Walterscheid was the only Cowboy to record multiple tackles for loss on the day. Both men need to have big seasons as the defense make up for the loss of first-team All-Big 12 defensive lineman Vincent Taylor
–The backup quarterbacks left much to be desired during the Spring Game as Taylor Cornelius was the only to lead a scoring drive amongst the younger throwers. “I thought Taylor played well,” Gundy said. “The other guys that were inexperienced looked inexperienced to me.” The head coach said he won’t make an official choice for backup until the fall but everyone else will need to step it up if they hope to be the number 2 come next semester.
-The black squad in general looked quite lack-luster only running 17 plays in the first half of play and the defense unable to get off the field against the top offensive unit. All in all, nothing from the black squad was too impressive but its just the spring game.
Watch highlights from the game below: