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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 4: Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph

Posted August 29th, 2017

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The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

Somehow, Mason Rudolph is still underrated. Despite throwing for 4,091 yards and 28 touchdowns to only four interceptions while completing 63.4 percent of his passes in 2016, the Oklahoma State senior isn’t even considered the best quarterback in his own state. Then again, that shouldn’t be considered too big of a slight when Baker Mayfield is the one keeping him from that title.

Consider this, though: When ESPN did a special titled “College football’s year of the QB,” it had write-ups on 10 quarterbacks. Rudolph landed in the “Other QBs to watch” section. Fans in the Big 12 know better. They know that if the star-studded Cowboys play to their potential, Rudolph is likely to find himself in the Heisman Trophy conversation leading a playoff contender.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

As impressive as the Cowboys offense was last season, it has potential to be much better in 2017. Star wide receiver James Washington returns along with leading rusher Justice Hill and leading pass-catcher Jalen McClesky. Marcell Ateman (766 receiving yards in 2015) also returns after missing last season due to injury, and LSU transfer Tyron Johnson is an exciting new addition.

Instead of trying to guard all that talent, teams are likely to try to slow Oklahoma State by sending pressure at Rudolph. That’s easier said than done. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback is more elusive than he looks and difficult to bring down even when he is caught. He ran for six touchdowns last season and showed a knack for throwing accurate passes under pressure.

Previous encounters

Rudolph shredded Texas last year, completing 19 of 28 passes for 392 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. The Cowboys had 555 total yards of offense. In 2015, Rudolph threw for 290 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions as Oklahoma State escaped Royal-Memorial stadium with a 30-27 win thanks to Texas special teams errors.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

No. 39: Will Geary

No. 38: Kyzir White

No. 37: Tyron Johnson

No. 36: Nic Shimonek

No. 35: Taj Williams

No. 34: Keke Coutee

No. 33: Reggie Walker

No. 32: Rodney Anderson

No. 31: Jesse Ertz

No. 30: D.J. Reed

No. 29: Andre Chachere

No. 28: Kyle Hicks

No. 27: Marcell Ateman

No. 26: Jake Campos

No. 25: Travin Howard

No. 24: Kamari Cotton-Moya

No. 23: KaVontae Turpin

No. 22: Zach Crabtree

No. 21: Chuma Edoga

No. 20: Will Grier

No. 19: Daniel Imatorbhebhe

No. 18: Jordan Thomas

No. 17: Dorance Armstrong Jr.

No. 16: Justice Hill

No. 15: Porter Gustin

No. 14: Dalton Risner

No. 13: Justin Crawford

No. 12: Deontay Burnett

No. 11: Ronald Jones II

No. 10: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

No. 9: Mark Andrews

No. 8: Allen Lazard

No. 7: Iman Marshall

No. 6: Orlando Brown

No. 5: Cameron Smith

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