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Marino | Mason Rudolph Carves Up Pittsburgh Defense in OSU Road Win

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Marino | Mason Rudolph Carves Up Pittsburgh Defense in OSU Road Win

#9 Oklahoma State Cowboys v Pittsburgh Panthers

Saturday September 16, 2017

Heinz Field/Pittsburgh, PA

Score:  Oklahoma State (59), Pittsburgh (21)

Notable Prospects Entering the Contest

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Mason Rudolph, QB, Senior:  Took advantage of man coverage and made accurate throws that lead receivers into space. First throw was perfectly placed over the shoulder but WR failed to haul it in. Internal clock seems out of sync when backed up against own endzone and resulted in near safety; was able to extend ball over goal line. Does well to avoid pressure and move within the pocket but didn’t get enough zip on ball to complete to open receiver. Faced heavy pressure and found hot route although incomplete. Capped drive with 59-yard TD pass thrown between zones in stride which allowed for YAC. Overthrows Washington over middle but bounces back for window throw to covert 3rd and. 7. Too much air on back shoulder throw along sideline. Highlight-reel play moving within the pocket, avoiding rushers, extending the play, keeping eyes down field and finding an open Ateman for 69-yard TD on 3rd and 11. Worked timing routes, one drop. On 8-yard TD pass to McCleskey, showed patience to allow routes to develop and hit a strike over the middle. Pinpoint accuracy over the middle to Washington to hit him with a DB in his hip pocket. Worked ball over outside shoulder to Washington for 31-yard nine route. Ball was too high for Washington on out breaking pattern to sideline. Terrific anticipation to convert 3rd and 8 window throw. Excellent touch on back shoulder throw for long gain. Another perfect throw over the middle to hit McCleskey on post route for 48-yard touchdown. On interception, defensive back made a great play to undercut the route. May have taken the space for granted but didn’t get enough air under it. Did well to try to move the safety with his eyes and work back but the safety didn’t take the cheese.  Stock – Same

James Washington, WR, Senior:  Shows alpha mentality at the catch point. Had DB in his hip pocket and pulling him back but still broke through for catch over middle. Good ball tracking and adjustment on 31-yard nine route. Good adjustment on underthrown vertical route. Has strong, natural hands. Stock – Same

Marcell Ateman, WR, Senior:  Runs routes with good pace and physicality. Nice hand usage in contact window/beating press. Worked hard to keep trying to get open on extended play for 69-yard TD. Want to dig into his route running and movement skills but there is appeal here. Big body. Stock – Up

Zachary Crabtree, OT, Senior:  Suffered first quarter injury.

Tre Flowers, DB, Senior:  Active and flies around to the ball. Attacks the football with intent. Hauled in interception by staying over top of an overthrow. Stock – Up

Ramon Richards, DB, Senior:  Underwhelming tackling effort early in the game with issues coming to balance to square up in space. Nice break on football to work into the throwing lane and deflect the pass. Late on arrival to catch point on 3rd and 13 conversion. Did not take a proper angle to the ball and resulted in 30+ yard gain. Another poor pursuit angle that lead to whiff in space on quarterback run which resulted in a first down.  Stock – Down

Pittsburgh Panthers

Brian O’Neill, OT, Senior:  Plays with good posture and balance. A bit upright at times. Easy movement skills and feet slide easily. Knows how to redirect his weight. Hands have a propensity to get wide. Needs to firm up punch timing. Modest power at POA. Has issues leveraging his hips. Stock – Same

Max Browne, QB, Senior:  Overthrows Weah on perfect stop-and-go route. Good zip on ball on the run to hit out-breaking route along the sideline. Pushed ball vertically with no identifiable target. Benched in second quarter.  Stock – Down

Jester Weah, WR, Senior:  Ran perfect stop-and-go route to create considerable vertical separation but ball was out of reach. Could not dig out low throw. Pitt offense has no rhythm and Weah made no impact. Stock – Same

Other Players that Flashed 

Jalen McCleskey, WR, Oklahoma State – Created considerable offense for the Cowboys to the tune of 176 yards and three touchdowns. Took advantage of space and made plays.

Quadree Henderson, WR, Pittsburgh – Looked explosive on 74-yard play. Has burst and wiggle in the open field.

Best Players on the Field 

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

Jalen McCleskey, WR, Oklahoma State

Forgettable Performances

Pittsburgh Defense


Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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