Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph graduated early from Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., and has enrolled at OSU. He’ll go through spring practice with the Cowboys and compete for the starting quarterback job. First-year players are off limits to the media, but Rudolph was interviewed by OSU personnel.
On his experience so far: “It’s been good so far. It’s really gone by fast. We’re almost here ready for spring practice and then spring break. It’s been a pretty tough conditioning program put on by Coach (Rob) Glass and the other strength coaches. It’s been pretty challenging at times, but I think I’ve gotten better at things and I’ve really progressed in the weight room. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of the guys on the team, and it’s been a great experience so far.”
On if the experience has been overwhelming: “At times when you’re experiencing your first stadium run and stuff like that, it’s pretty taxing on your body, but once you get used to it and you get into the grind, it’s kind of just second nature.”
On any surprises: “I was expecting it to be really challenging because I know Coach Glass’s reputation. He’s a great strength coach, and he’s going to get the best out of you. I knew that going in, but it’s still tough.”
On the biggest difference between the high school and college levels: “I’d say the biggest difference is all the teammates; just the level of competition. In high school, obviously not everybody is a D-I player, and to be able to surround yourself with all people who are great athletes and great players is really what makes you better. Everybody gets better in that type of situation where everybody is competing.”
On his first impressions of college: “I like it. It’s great, for sure. Being so far from home, people might think I’ve been kind of struggling through, but I’ve had a great time so far. I’ve met people outside of football, but I hang out with mostly football guys. It’s been fun. I really enjoy it. The academics are a little tough, but there’s a lot of support in the academic center, so I think it’s been a great experience all the way around so far.”
On the biggest change so far of being college: “I think the biggest thing is being independent. You’re on your own. You’ve got to know how to manage your time and spend money and stuff like that. That’s been interesting.”