After graduating six starters who combined for a total of 229 career starts, the Oklahoma State offense has plenty of question marks entering the 2018 season. At the forefront of those questions is the debate on who will replace Mason Rudolph at quarterback. Here’s a primer on the candidates to replace OSU’s winningest quarterback in program history:
Cornelius is the veteran of the quarterback group and sure to be in the running for the starting spot in the fall. Standing 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 232 pounds, Cornelius has good pocket presence and more mobility than Rudolph did. In the spring game, he went 15-of-27 for 250 yards and a touchdown. Out of all the quarterback candidates, Cornelius has been around the longest, and should have the best chemistry with the receivers entering fall camp.
Sanders, a freshman from Denton, Texas, has hype surrounding him entering his freshman season after winning Gatorade Texas Player of the Year. He’s the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to 247Sports after passing for 3,845 yards and rushing for 1,380 yards his senior year. While his ability to run is prevalent, Sanders was a pass-first quarterback in high school. He is believed to be in the running for the starting spot, but will have some catching up to do since he wasn’t enrolled in the spring and didn’t partake in spring practice.
The wild card in the quarterback competition is Brown. He’s a graduate transfer from Hawaii, where he threw for 2,785 yards, 18 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2017. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. While his arm strength isn’t significant, he had success in his two years for the Rainbow Warriors. Just like Sanders, fall camp will be crucial for Brown, who wasn’t in Stillwater for spring practice.
Somewhat of a forgotten member in the quarterback competition, Wudtee backed up Cornelius during the spring and was believed to be the third-string quarterback in the 2017 season. Entering his redshirt-sophomore season with the Cowboys, Wudtee has seen limited playing time in Stillwater. He was unable to play in the spring game because of injury, robbing him of an opportunity to get game-like reps in front of the Cowboy faithful. Fall camp will be important for Wudtee in order to catapult himself into the conversation for the starting job.