You've gotta be really, really quick in your decision-making, and you've got to be really, really quick in your throwing. Both of those things tie hand-in-hand. You can be quick in decision-making and slow getting the ball out of your hand and it really negates the other, or you can be slow in your decision-making but really, really fast at getting it out of your hand but you have no clue where it's going or it's not going in the right spot. He's got both of those intangibles, and that's what makes anybody that runs that style of spread great at it is being able to get rid of that football quick and being able to put it in the playmakers' hands and let them go make plays.
What does Rudolph need to improve most in his senior season?
It's hard to say, because he was pretty darn good last year. When it comes to that kind of stuff, he's got it. We've got a kid behind him that's gonna be a Division I quarterback … so that's what I've challenged him to do is be more of a vocal leader. You don't have to be ‘rah rah,' but be more of a vocal leader and take this one behind you under your wing and start grooming him to be the next great one for when you leave. Give something back.
Can you pinpoint the biggest reason why Rudolph is going to be a successful Division I, Big 12 quarterback?
About 10 minutes after (his announcement he was going to OSU), after all the interviews and all the patting on the back and (talk of) how great you are, he walked out the back door, put on his tennis shoes and walked right into the gym and joined his teammates in (a summer) workout. Now, if he had walked out the other side of the gym and said, ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime deal, I'm taking this day to be with my family,' I would have patted him on the back and said, ‘Yep, you deserve this.' But instead, he let all the hoopla go out that door and he walked out the back door and walked in with his teammates. That's the type of kid that you're getting, and that's why he's going to be successful at the next level.