Mason Rudolph: ‘We Just Control What We Can Control’

first_imgHe’s right about the rushing. It was just OSU’s fifth 300-yard game on the ground since 2010. An incredible performance by all parties, and Justice Hill and Chris Carson were magnificent. Rudolph was pretty strong with his legs as well as he scampered for one TD and bulled his way to another.He now has these stats on the year:64% completions326 yards per game29 total TDs4 INTHe’s also approaching the rare 4,000-yard club through the air. He needs around 500 yards in Bedlam and the bowl game to join Brandon Weeden as the only two OSU QBs to ever do it. And about that bowl game (and backdoor CFB Playoff appearance).“You know I think we just control what we can control,” said Rudolph. “We played our butts off and you know really, really proud of our team and we’re looking forward to going into an off week, getting healthy and playing for a Big Te….Big 12 championship. That’s all we’re worried about.”The Freudian slip was terrific. The 10-1 record even better. Mason Rudolph was 17/34 for 207 yards and a TD and another 23 yards on seven carries (and 2 TDs) on the ground. It was a good (not great) road performance for QB1 who moved to 21-5 as a starter and 15-0 against teams in the Big 12 not named Baylor.He spoke with FS1’s Bruce Feldman after the game about what made OSU click on offense and what his thoughts are on the CFB Playoff rankings.“I think our defense played great all day got us a lot of key turnovers there in the second half,” said Rudolph. “Really proud of those guys. You know, combine that with running the ball for over 300 yards was big time and really proud of those guys up front.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch Guide: Championship Week

first_imgThe season is nearly over. We just have this week plus Army-Navy week and that’s it. It flew by didn’t it? Remember, we get Colorado-Washington tonight before the other four Power 5 title games tomorrow. All the bowl implications this weekend. I’m rooting for complete chaos for the committee. No outs.Thanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for his work all season.Weekend Watch Guide: Championship Week While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

What Chuba Hubbard Will Bring to Oklahoma State: His Take

first_imgPlay as a true freshmanHelp lead Oklahoma State to a Big 12 titleChase Justice Hill and the records he’s breaking.I admire Justice Hill a lot and I’m really excited to be able to learn from him and hopefully be mentored by him.KB: There’s a lot of football players who have done track as well at OSU. Are you still planning to do both in Stillwater? And how do you think track helps prepare you / give you an edge as a football player?Chuba: Yes I still am planning to do both! I actually have 2 friends on the track team that I’ve known for awhile! I think track gives me my “self drive” in a sense. In track it’s individual, it’s all about how much work you put in and I think that’s what gives me that edge. Not knowing how far I can go but knowing there is a chance, and obviously it plays apart with the speed and keeping me in shape. They both correspond to each other! The two best sports!Hubbard says he is making his official visit to Stillwater next weekend.For those interested, you can follow him on twitter here. Oklahoma State loses the veteran presence of Chris Carson, Rennie Childs, and Barry J. Sanders this offseason. Outside of freshman all-american Justice Hill making his return as the starter, there is plenty of playing time readily available in 2017.Enter Chuba Hubbard, the Canadian speedster and four-star prospect who has been committed to OSU since May. I caught up with him earlier this week to talk about some of his traits he brings to the table, when he’ll be on campus, and more.Check out the full transcript below.KB: What is Oklahoma State getting with Chuba Hubbard?Chuba: The player OSU is getting is one that isn’t just coming to make a difference in himself, but also a difference in Oklahoma State, their program, and people.But on the field wise: They’re getting a versatile player. A playmaker. You know everyone talks about my speed, but in my senior season, I worked more on key things to prepare for Oklahoma State, like switching the ball, running harder, hands, etc. Now I feel I can break those long runs but when you need me on the third-and-3, I’ll be able to get that. I’m planning to come in around 205 pounds and after this track year I’m hoping to come in faster than ever.I’m confident in my work effort and believe I can make a big impact for Oklahoma State.KB: When will you be on campus to officially start school? And what are your personal expectations as a freshman of yourself?Chuba: It really depends on what happens with track! Could be June or earlier (before he makes it to Stillwater), maybe even later than June.I have three main goals as a freshman: While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Projecting the Production of James Washington in 2017

first_imgPlayerSchoolReceiving Yards – O/UReceiving TDs – O/U Washington has been the unquestioned star but the Cowboys have always spread it around under Yurcich. While this could be the deepest and most talented receiver group Gundy has seen dress, let’s not act like receiver hasn’t been a strength for the Cowboys for years. My feeling is that Ateman, Johnson, Lacy and McCleskey are better than the group surrounding Washington last year in overall talent and depth, but I’m not sure that it hurts his numbers much more than it could help them.With those type of playmakers opposite Washington, opposing secondaries are going to be under constant assault and any cute bracket coverage like we saw Kansas do last year, could result in career games from one of four or five of his teammates. Think back to the Pitt game and against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl, when Washington faced mostly single coverage — and took the top off of them.So my money’s on the over. We’re likely looking at more tempo, more wide-open sets and more opportunities for the Cowboys’ best playmaker.Credit Bill Connelly and Football Study Hall for the advanced receiver stats. On the question of touches, Washington has done all of this while never leading the team in receptions for a season. He was fourth as a freshman and came in second to slot men David Glidden and Jalen McCleskey the last two seasons. He’s never (!) caught ten catches in any of his 39 games at OSU.Here’s a look at Washington’s targets over the last two years. This is a betting line, not a prediction. If I’m putting my hard-earned money down, I’m taking the over, on both. And I’ll explain why.First off, here’s a look at Washington’s production over the last two seasons, when he was the No. 1 target. Natural progression should see an increase in catch rate and, in turn, yards per target. He’s already the leading OSU receiver with a career average of 19.2 yards per catch. Calvin RidleyAlabama800.57.5 James WashingtonOklahoma State1,100.510.5 YearTargetsRest of the teamTarget Rate 201551.5%9.51,08710 201654.2%10.41,38010 201613132028.7% 201510339520.5% YearCatch RateYards Per TargetPassing YardsTDs Here’s an interesting question: How will James Washington’s production be affected by the influx of talent at wide receiver?You’ve got the return of Marcell Ateman, who racked up 766 yards and five scores in 2015 but missed 2016 due to injury. Then there’s LSU-transfer Tyron Johnson, who Mason Rudolph said was the best receiver on the roster with the ball in his hands.Add in the natural progression of guys like Jalen McCleskey and Chris Lacy, as well as Dillon Stoner and Tylan Wallace. Plus, about four other guys who could plug right in and provide you a big play.It might seem like Mike Gundy is going to have to sneak more footballs onto the field. Is Washington going to be able to get his? Vegas doesn’t seem too worried about that.AdChoices广告Bovada Casino released proposition betting numbers for James Washington’s 2017 production on Friday. He ranked the highest of the three wide receivers the service gave prop numbers for, which is another indication of Washington’s preseason Biletnikoff love nationally. Christian KirkTexas A&M900.58.5 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 9 Gyasi Akem

first_imgWe are now into the single digits. That means that game week is on the horizon. Next up in our countdown is a fourth-year senior who’s made most of his hay on special teams but is looking at a rotational spot on defense this fall.How he got to OSUGyasi Akem was a four-star prospect out of Broken Arrow High School who picked Oklahoma State over offers from Oklahoma, Clemson, Baylor, TCU and others. Akem, a Scout 300 recruit, was the highest ranked signee in Oklahoma State’s 2014 class.What he’s done in StillwaterAkem saw action in 10 games as a true freshman, mostly on special teams and eight as a sophomore in 2015. Last year, Akem saw an increased role on defense including career-high six tackles against Texas Tech. He’s seem time at both the Mike and Will linebacker spots.Role in 2017The Cowboys will be without All-Big second-teamer Devante Averette who carved out a nice career from the Will linebacker role. Justin Phillips is slated to take over his starting role but Akem could be in play there as well as backing up Chad Whitener at middle linebacker. Juco-transfer Patrick Macon will be in the mix at Mike backer as well.Noteworthy stats and highlightsHad a career-high six tackles (four solo) had tackles for loss against Central Arkansas in 2015 and against Pitt and Oklahoma (assisted) in 2016. Akem was credited for a forced fumble against Kansas State last year. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more