Because OSU's recruiting evaluations, along with Rudolph's commitment, came before the 2013 season began, the only time Gundy saw Rudolph throw — in person or on tape — during his senior campaign was when he happened to come across the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game while flipping through channels earlier this winter.
And because of a January filled with recruiting visits, along with the limitations on how much time a coach can spend with a player during the offseason, Gundy hasn't seen one Rudolph pass since the quarterback arrived on campus.
When asked to dictate what qualities he liked most in Rudolph, though, Gundy pointed to leadership and toughness.
“If you don't have the ability to throw it and run it a little bit, then we're probably not gonna get to that point (to where we're recruiting a particular quarterback),” Gundy said. “But if we get to that point and you're somewhat self-centered and you don't want to be a team player and all that, then I don't have any interest in them. And they may not have any interest in us.
“We have to have young men that want to lead and show up early and they gotta be tough. I tell the team this every Saturday before the game: the quarterback has to be the toughest guy on the field. He's the only guy that gets hit and can't hit back.”
The Cowboys certainly believed in Rudolph's ability and makeup enough to take him as their quarterback of the 2014 class. And he will certainly be in the mix when spring football starts next month.
How will Rudolph — and the other quarterback contenders — ultimately respond?
“I'm excited about watching them all play and (to) see how they develop,” Gundy said. “You can't predict how they're gonna come out. It's just almost impossible to predict how they're gonna compete early in their career.”