Oklahoma State Cowboys: Impact players for 2017

By: Cullen Clark

Twitter: @Cullen_B12C

Oklahoma State is coming off a 10-3 or 11-2 season (7-2 in Big 12) depending on where you stand with the results of the Central Michigan debacle. The Cowboys are loaded on the offensive side of the ball this year and return a good core on defense. There are definitely questions in the defensive secondary but it sounds like the coaching staff believes that the secondary will be fine. This team has been drawing a lot of comparisons to the 2011 Cowboy team that won the Big 12 championship and was a missed field goal (It was good!) away from playing for the National Championship. The comparison seems to be fair but to reach those heights the Cowboys will have to do something that has been the bane of this team for the past few years….beat Oklahoma. I believe the talent is there to do just that. Of course if the season pans out like a lot of people believe then the November 4th meeting between these two could just be the first match up of the year with the second match up coming in the Big 12 Championship game. Knowing the Big 12 the way we do the most likely outcome will be the schools split the games and knock each other out of College Football Playoff consideration. On to the Impact players….

Returning Impact Player

Mason Rudolph – QB

This is an obvious pick here. Rudolph elected to return for his senior season much to the delight of Cowboy fans. He should end this season very high on most of the Cowboys career passing records. With the receiving corps at his disposal, some are calling it the best receiving group in the country, the sky is the limit for Rudolph. Really the only areas that Rudolph has struggled in his career have been the short to intermediate passing game. It sounds that working on these areas have been a major emphasis of his offseason workouts. At this point in his career the one thing left for Rudolph to accomplish is to beat Oklahoma and win the Big 12 championship. If he is able to do those two things then the individual awards will take care of themselves.

Incoming Impact Player

Tyron Johnson – WR

Honestly there were a number of ways that I could have gone with the incoming impact player and others potentially might have more impact than Tyron Johnson. There was just no way that I could pass up on the hype coming out of Stillwater regarding Johnson. For those living under a shell Johnson is a wide receiver that transferred from LSU last season and had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. He was a 4/5 start recruit coming out of college that OSU was recruiting heavily. He ended up choosing LSU where he played in 9 games during his freshman season with 9 catches for 150 yards. He has been raved about all spring and OSU fans have to be wondering how anyone will be able to cover this wide receiver corps when they take the field this fall. He could also end up being involved as a playmaker in the return game. This would be big time for the Cowboys as the return game has not exactly been explosive in the last 3-4 seasons.

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