Mason Rudolph may be the luckiest quarterback in all of college football.
Is he talented? Without question. By this time next year, there’s a good chance Rudolph is suiting up on Sundays, but in the meantime, the senior gunslinger is finding a tremendous amount of success in Stillwater, thanks in large part to one of, if not the most talented pass-catching corps in the nation.
In fact, a unit headlined by explosive senior James Washington was named as the receiver portion of ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper’s ‘dream college football team.’
James Washington is a redshirt senior, who is on the shorter side, but should be an NFL player. He’s terrific at tracking the ball and very dangerous after the catch, as evidenced by his 23.1 yards per reception and five TDs. He might be a slot guy in the NFL, but he’s an effective route runner and flashes the ability to make tough catches in traffic. Marcell Ateman has more prototypical size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) for an NFL wideout is good at winning the 50-50 balls. Jalen McCleskey is very reliable in the slot, producing yards after the catch. They’ve been fun to watch this season.
Along with the sheer NFL-caliber talent the Oklahoma State trio boast, Washington, Ateman and McCleskey are responsible for a whopping 70 percent of Oklahoma State’s 1,996 yards through the air, having hauled in 75 receptions for 1,402 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games. At their current rate, this trio alone is on pace to compile nearly 3,400 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Not to mention, Rudolph also enjoys the luxury of emerging freshman Dillon Stoner and Justice Hill’s reliable hands out of the backfield.
It’s hard to argue against Rudolph having his place among college football’s elite, but his life has certainly been made easier with such an abundance of top-notch talent awaiting each throw. As ESPN notes, Oklahoma State’s wide receiver corps may be the very best in the entire nation.
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