OSU Has Nation’s Best “Offensive Trifecta” for 2017

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It’s no secret that Oklahoma State boasts a powerful offense and figures to be one of the most dynamic teams in college football in 2017. The Cowboys are the only team to return a 4,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher this fall.

247Sports recently made a list of the top 10 offensive trifectas in the country and OSU’s trio topped it, beating out star-studded threesomes from the likes of USC, Alabama and Washington.

Two thirds of Oklahoma State’s trifecta are possible first-round draft picks in next spring’s NFL Draft. Rudolph threw for more than 4,000 yards as a junior and has all his weapons back. Those weapons include Washington, a 1,300-yard receiver from the fall who’s one of the game’s most explosive big-play threats. Justice Hill rounds out the group after leading all freshman running backs nationally last fall with 1,142 rushing yards. [247Sports]

Rudolph captains the ship and leads all returning Power-5 QBs in passing yards, yards per game and TD-to-interception ratio. He’s 22-6 as a starter and looks poised to rewrite all the Oklahoma State record books as a senior.

Rudolph followed up maybe his worst games in college with one of his best with an efficient thumping of Pac-12 darling Colorado and hopes that fun send-off will carry over into 2017.

He said as much after the Alamo Bowl.

“I think this is definitely going to help propel us into the off-season,” said Rudolph “keep us high, encourage us to have a great off-season mentally and physically, really get after it.”

James Washington may — somehow — be the most underrated player in America. He’s in the top three in receiving yards among receivers returning in 2017 and averaged a ridiculous 19.44 yards per catch and hauled in 10 scores last season.

Amidst a crowded receiving corps, Washington is the star. Make no mistake. But with the other playmakers around him, expect Washington see even more single coverage, a la the Alamo Bowl. Watch out, every team on the schedule.

Justice Hill breathed new life into a ground game that, frankly, had become almost anemic over the previous couple of seasons. As a true freshman, it only took the Booker T. Washington product four games to fully take the reins and he never looked back. With a full year as the No. 1 in front of him and more questions than answers behind him, we could be looking at an even more impressive output from Hill in 2017.

It should be fun year.


  • MarkJ

    All the hyp building up usually isn’t a great thing for Cowboy fans, but I hope this group can over come that.

    • Frank Eaton

      That’s not true and I don’t understand why people are “liking” / agreeing with this comment. The last ten years (2006-2016 seasons) we have finished higher than our preseason ranking 70% of the time (7 of 10 times). The last time we were a preseason top 10 team? 2011, we opened at 9 and finished at 3 (two spots behind where we should have finished). Also, it’s been even more positive with Mason tossing the ball… 2016 preseason ranking was 21, we finished at 10. 2015 not ranked, ended at #20…

      • OSU Student

        Agree 100% with ya Frank. IMO our hype almost always follows through into the season. The one and only season we under performed compared to preseason expectations would be the year Dez got suspended for the year (for eating a plate of food :/ ) but besides that we’ve preformed pretty well with expectations. More than the reviews, though, Gundy is almost always spot on with his analysis of his teams. He talked up his 2011 group all the time, and for good reason. On the flip side, he let people know all along that our 2014 team was not very good, and he was right. I’m buying the hype, especially if MG is the one selling it.

        • Frank Eaton

          Good point. I completely forgot to link that 2009 year letdown. Zac Robinson, Hunter, and Dez were named the preseason top trio… but then Kendall Hunter got hurt and missed 3/4 of the season and Dez got suspended. Leaving Zac and the team hosed. When you take that freak scenario into account, we’ve really done well when ranked high.

          • OSU Student

            We have overachieved way way more than we’ve underachieved. Part of that, though, is because we don’t get as much preseason respect as we deserve. If this exact team had Sooners on their chest instead of cowboys, they’d be 3 or 4 preseason probably.

      • MarkJ

        Hey, that’s a great point. I just hive higher expectations than most I guess. I want it all. National Champions.

        • MarkJ

          Also, I want to beat the other Oklahoma conference team and that has only happened 2 times in the Gundy era. And that’s why 2014 turned out to be a great year even at 8-5.

          • Frank Eaton

            I mean I get it, but when are OSU fans going to realize this: We are not OU yet. We just aren’t. We went from #21 preseason to #10 in 2016. HOWEVER, OU went from preseason #3 and ended #5 in 2016… We’ve made great ground catching them, but we don’t get the recruits, respect, or results. It takes loads of time and money to build a solid football program. We’re getting there. It doesn’t happen overnight. Also, we have to overcome obstacles they never will or have. They win without class. Joe Mixon would have been ousted from Okie State. We all know it. End of story. At OU? Nope. Goes on to be their best player and first draft selection. I don’t want to win like that. It isn’t worth it. I’d rather have a coach with some moral. Bye Printess Elliot. Bye Tyreek Hill. Etc…

    • OrangeTuono

      Okie pessimism. Chin up MarkJ. It’s ok to have a positive outlook on life and out Pokes.

      • MarkJ

        I don’t have a problem with positive outlooks on my own life, but it’s hard with some of the stuff I have no control over like Cowboy Football. This group definitely has the talent to be really good.

        • OrangeTuono

          You might want to pull preseason “hype” vs post season “delivery” data. It helps to decouple perceptions based on heart aches, versus what actually happened.

  • Pistols Fired!!

    When they pulled the redshirt from Mason so late in his freshman year, there was an outcry from the fans… on this blog. I said that it really didn’t matter that he lost his redshirt. If he was going to be so special that we would want an extra season, he would be leaving for the NFL anyway. If he wasn’t NFL caliber, three more years would be enough. I do believe Mason would be NFL bound after this season regardless and for all those who adamantly let me know how unintelligent my pre-freshmanyearBaylorgame comment was… and those who suggested that my mom and dad never actually married… lol… What do you have to say now???
    GO POKES!! …and good luck to all the Cowboys wherever you are… 😉

    • OSU Student

      I remember watching that Baylor game live. I was going nuts when Gundy finally pulled the trigger on Mason. I wanted it the second JW got injured. The kid was a stud in HS, and anything was better than daxx throwing hail mary’s every 3rd snap.

      • Pistols Fired!!

        I agree and respect your comments… I am now doubting my own ability to count. It seemed much more often than every 3rd snap. 😉 (At the time, I did think Daxx was a ‘good’ option because of all the ‘strong armed’ reports that I had gotten. However, he was so one dimensional and Mason had the stronger arm anyway!!)

        • OSU Student

          I figured if I said every snap, Daxx (or Yurcich) may show up with a fake name to blow a casket on me. So I decided to say every 3rd snap to be nice. If only Tyreek was here with an actual functional offense!

    • Hal

      You should be an NFL scout for your expertise of identifying top talent

      • Pistols Fired!!

        You shouldn’t… if you think I have expertise you aren’t too good at identifying top talent. I thought you were somewhere still confused… Good to see you found your way back. GO POKES!! (would you like a ‘Go Marcus’ thrown in for good measure??) lol

        • Hal

          Yes I would

    • Frank Eaton

      I think people only complained for a game because they thought we weren’t going bowling and the season was lost anyway. As soon as we beat OU, the burning of the red shirt became immediately worth it to all Pokes fans. I wasn’t one of those people FYI. Actually, I wanted Mason starting from day 1 for the future of the team (AND because with a JW type QB you’re ceiling is 8 wins (unless you have Bama’s defense, then it’s 12 apparently)).

      • Pistols Fired!!

        I agree that most probably only complained for one game… The short sighted will chance stance in a New York instant, won’t they?? lol GO POKES!!

  • Hal

    They are gonna light up south alabama so bad