Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph had an excellent 2016 season, and that was while playing with a broken rib for half of it.
Mason Rudolph had a great year at quarterback for Oklahoma State in 2016, throwing for 4,091 yards and 28 touchdowns with just four interceptions as the Cowboys went 10-3, including a big 38-8 victory over Pac-12 South champion Colorado in the Alamo Bowl.
Per a report, Rudolph did almost all of that with a broken rib, making his numbers even more astonishing. Rudolph suffered the injury against Texas in the fifth game of the season, a 49-31 win for the Cowboys.
“It was so frustrating,” Rudolph said. “The rotation (of the torso in the throwing motion) would just kill me. I couldn’t throw it that far. That whole game was a struggle.”
What is equally impressive is that, in these days of up-to-the-minute news and almost nothing going unreported, Oklahoma State was able to keep his injury a secret for the rest of the season.
“No one really knows that at all,” Rudolph said. “We kept that in house.”
With Rudolph now healthy and coming back for another season, the Cowboys will try and upend their in-state rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners, at the top of the Big 12.
Knowing what we know now, we shouldn’t put it past the gritty Rudolph.