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Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo ranks Oklahoma State junior QB Mason Rudolph as the No. 2 draft-eligible quarterback behind Deshaun Watson.

"Rudolph’s arm allows him to make special throws at the intermediate and deep level, whether it’s putting the ball right along the sideline on the deep out or allowing receivers to make plays down the field," Palazzolo wrote. PFF is decidedly higher on Rudolph than Todd McShay, who sees him as a late-round flier. PFF isn't alone, however. Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting, for instance, compares Rudolph to Ryan Tannehill. PFF believes Rudolph needs to work on the short game and his secondary reads. "While he often gets there, he misses too many throws and it’s perhaps the most important part of his game that must improve," Palazzolo concluded.
Aug 23 - 4:55 PM

Oklahoma State redshirt senior RB Barry J. Sanders is competing with Rennie Childs and Chris Carson for the starting job in the backfield.

Sanders is already being termed a "celebrity" at Oklahoma State, since his father starred there before producing a hall of fame NFL career. Beat writer Chandler Vessels notes Mike Gundy's policy to not allow the media to talk to first year players, which includes graduate transfers like Sanders. Barry's son did not star at Stanford and frequently worked as the second or third string running back.
Aug 22 - 9:48 AM

LSU sophomore WR Tyron Johnson transferred to Oklahoma State.

Johnson's father said that his son was looking to transfer to a program with a more wide-open offense than LSU's. Oklahoma State fits that bill well enough. "I really like their staff and their offense is exactly what I was looking for," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout. "They were the school I initially thought of when I decided that transferring was the best option for me and I'm glad everything worked out." Johnson ranked as ESPN's No. 3 receiver for the 2015 cycle.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 19 - 4:01 PM

Transferring LSU sophomore WR Tyron Johnson's father indicated that his son is moving on from the Tigers because he felt suffocated offensively.

"He wanted to go to a more wide open offense. That was the only reason why [he decided to transfer]," said Tyrone Johnson. Ouch. Of course, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder probably should have known that a "wide open offense" and "LSU" are oil and water. The elder Johnson noted that while his son has been barred from transferring to another SEC school, the former five-star recruit might just head to a junior college program for a year before reentering the SEC to wreck havoc.
Aug 12 - 2:31 PM

LSU sophomore WR Tyron Johnson will transfer.

Johnson took to Twitter to announce that he had been released from his scholarship and is now free to move on to destinations unknown. While the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder caught just nine passes as a true freshman, that low mark is not indicative of his talent. Rivals graded him as a five-star recruit and the No. 11 overall player in the 2015 class. He has drawn comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr for his athletic ability. Whatever program ends up landing him still has plenty of developmental upside to work with here and it would not be a surprise if Johnson resurfaced in loud fashion come the 2017 season, assuming he transfers to another FBS squad and has to sit out the coming campaign.
Aug 11 - 3:31 PM

Graduate transfer CB Lenzy Pipkins, who arrived from Louisiana-Monroe, is not expected to start for Oklahoma State this season.

The Cowboys are looking to replace the departed Kevin Peterson, however, it does not appear to be Pipkins. Despite that, ESPN's Brandon Chatmon calls Pipkins this year's impact transfer for the team. "Most guys are just physical, but may not be able to run," teammate Ashton Lampkin said of Pipkins. "But he has both traits." In his final year, Pipkins seems to be a depth player.
Source: ESPN
Aug 10 - 10:58 AM

Oklahoma State senior RB Chris Carson hopes that the Cowboys can mount a more potent rushing attack in 2016.

"We have to get better as a running game, get better as a unit," Carson said. "A lot of things go into it that [people] don't see." Last season, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder rushed for 517 yards (3.9 YPC) and four touchdown. He fell well short of his stated goal from last summer, that being to crack the 1,000-yard rushing mark. Just about halfway there, Mr. Carson. He is set to start this season, but Stanford transfer RB Barry Sanders Jr. figures to push for carries, particularly if Carson continues to play ye olde "three yards and a cloud of dust" game Sanders was limited in his playing time with the Cardinal, but averaged a sweet 5.8 YPC on 115 attempts during his three years in Palo Alto.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 2 - 2:34 PM

Oklahoma State senior WR Marcell Ateman could be sidelined until October after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.

Ateman stands a gigantic 6-foot-4 and 215-pounds. He emerged last season, leading some to say he is the school's top target moving forward. Ateman finished with 766 yards and five touchdowns on 45 receptions. Ateman's best games included Iowa State, Kansas State and West Virginia. However, the receiver's foot was injured in non-contact drills over the summer. Foot injuries tend to lead to other ailments down the road, so Ateman should not rush his return.
Source: News OK
Jul 28 - 10:45 AM

Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting compares Oklahoma State junior QB Mason Rudolph to Ryan Tannehill.

You may recall that Tannehill also platooned while slowly developing at Texas A&M. A huge senior year allowed him to crash the top-10 party in that spring's NFL Draft. May a similar rise be in Rudolph's immediate future? Galko wrote that Rudolph reminds him of Tannehill "in terms of body type, movement ability and composure, release point and velocity and issues in downfield throw placement." As with Tannehill, "Rudolph has the potential to see the same sudden rise during the draft process should he enter the 2017 NFL draft," Galko wrote. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rudolph threw for 3,770 yards (62.3% completions) with a 21/9 TD/INT ratio last year.
Jul 20 - 6:39 PM

Oklahoma State HC Mike Gundy noted that redshirt senior RB Barry Sanders Jr. is "dependable" and "seems to be durable."

Sanders transferred over to his father's alma mater in February. Gundy has yet to truly see him in action, but said, "He came from a winning program and from an offense that obviously runs the football. So we’re excited about him being a part of our team. We hope that he will make a contribution that will help us be a better running football team." The 5-foot-10, 198-pound Sanders saw just 115 carries during his three seasons with Stanford and finished out his career with the Cardinal having rushed for 672 yards (5.8 YPC) and five touchdowns. He and Chris Carson will take on the majority of the ground load in 2016, with Carson penciled in as the starting back out of the spring.
Jul 20 - 2:31 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes a breakthrough season "could move [Oklahoma State junior QB Mason Rudolph] into first-round NFL draft consideration."

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rudolph threw for 3,770 yards (62.3% completions) with a 21/9 TD/INT ratio last year. This time around, he won't lose reps to dual-threat QB J.W. Walsh. "A big, strong-armed pocket passer, Rudolph will especially be helped if a problematic offensive line takes a step forward," Brown wrote. Rudolph perfectly fits the Cowboys' quick-hitting offense.
Jul 9 - 3:40 PM

Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder indicated that he would be open to a resumption of his school's rivalry with Tulsa.

Oklahoma State and Tulsa are currently scheduled to play in 2017 and 2020, but do not have an arrangement for a regular series. Holder would like to change that. "We like the idea of playing Tulsa in football and basketball on an annual basis. This matchup brings a lot of passion on both sides," he said. "I’ve visited about this multiple times with [Tulsa AD] Derrick Gragg, and I believe that he is open-minded about the concept." The two teams last played in 2011, when the Cowboys came away with a 59-33 win. On the whole, Oklahoma State holds a 40-27-5 advantage in the rivalry. Another fun stat to liven up your Fourth of July festivities (tell your friends and neighbors!), Tulsa is currently on a 20-game road losing streak against Oklahoma State. They have not won in Stillwater since 1951.
Source: Tulsa World
Jul 4 - 2:13 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyan believes Oklahoma State junior QB Mason Rudolph might be a better NFL prospect than Miami's Brad Kaaya.

"The potential frustration with Rudolph is Oklahoma State's offensive philosophy, which focuses on quick-hitting, high-percentage throws," Kenyan wrote. "He'll need to learn a more complex scheme in the pros." The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Rudolph threw for 3,770 yards (62.3% completions) with a 21/9 TD/INT ratio last year as a sophomore. "Rudolph is poised in the pocket and will pass the velocity threshold," Kenyan wrote. "He needs to continue improving accuracy, but that's practically a mandated criticism for college quarterbacks. If [Carson] Wentz was worthy of the No. 2 overall selection, there's little doubt Rudolph can be a first-round pick."
Jun 17 - 4:49 PM

The Oklahoma State Board of Regents approved a two-year contract extension for HC Mike Gundy.

Gundy's extension will run through the 2021 season. In each of those two years on the extension, he will make $4.15 million -- the same amount he was making in the final year (2019) of his previous contract. In his 11 seasons with the Cowboys, Gundy has led the team to a 94-47 record. They opened the 2015 season to the tune of 10-0 before fading down the stretch to finish 10-3.
Jun 17 - 2:32 PM

The Oklahoma State Board of Regents will vote on a potential two-year extension for HC Mike Gundy on Friday.

University spokesperson Gary Shutt confirmed that the vote would take place on a possible two-year extension, but monetary terms have not yet been disclosed. If it passes, it will take effect on July 1 and Gundy's contract would run through 2021. In 11 seasons helming the Cowboys, he holds a 94-47 record. Last season, his squad jumped out to a 10-0 record before "just kind of [running] out of gas" to finish 10-3. Gundy's phrasing.
Jun 16 - 4:02 PM


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