Taylor Cornelius ready to replace Mason Rudolph in Stillwater
Replacing a guy who threw for 13,618 yards with 92 touchdowns is not easy–but that is exactly what Taylor Cornelius has been waiting for.
After the conclusion of spring practices, it was widely thought that Taylor Cornelius was the odds-on favorite to claim Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback job. At the Big 12 Media Days Tuesday, Mike Gundy confirmed as much, stating that Cornelius “is our guy” heading into summer camp.
“When we came out of spring, we felt very comfortable with Taylor,” the OSU head coach said. “He’s been with us a number of years, he understands our offense. We’re confident in his abilities.”
A former walk-on, Cornelius will enter the 2018 season as a fifth-year senior.
He isn’t a lock to keep the job however, two more arms are being added to the mix this summer. After not taking part in spring practice, Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders will enter the fray in early August.
Brown was a two-year starter for Hawaii and Sanders was a four-star member of the Cowboys’ 2018 recruiting class, rated as the No.8 dual-threat quarterback in the country on 247Sports.com’s composite board.
Sanders may be the future in Stillwater, but I believe Brown gives Cornelius the biggest competition in fall camp.
Experience in the offense will likely give Cornelius the edge–he is going to be a fifth-year senior in 2018. During his time with the Cowboys, Cornelius has thrown for 220 yards on 15-of-24 passing. Six of those completions, 10 of the attempts and 148 yards came during a 2017 season in which he served as Mason Rudolph’s primary backup.