OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said he’s excited to finally get to work with freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph.
“He’s done a great job in the weight room, training, off-season conditioning and the film room as well,” Yurcich said. “He’s been great.
“You recruit a guy for so long, and then finally get to coach him in practice. What Mason has to understand, he’s a true freshman, really should be in high school still right now. He has to take his time and steadily improve. He can’t ask too much of himself early on, stay within himself.”
SEATON WANTS TO START
Jeremy Seaton’s goal is clear. He wants to be the next Kye Staley, a mainstay at fullback in recent years.
Seaton, a junior from Cashion, has played a lot as a Cowboy. Even scored a touchdown against Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl in the 2012 season. “My favorite memory,” he said.
But Seaton said his off-season goals are “to get better. I think I’m gunning for the starting role at fullback, and I’d just like to get on the level that Kye Staley was on.”
CONNELLY FITTING IN
Yurcich said he’s worked with new offensive line coach Bob Connelly “every day since he’s been hired. Just been trying to get on the same page and talk. Look at as much film as we can and break it down. Those are really important things to do when you get any coach that’s new to the program.”
Joe Wickline, the last of Mike Gundy’s original 2005 OSU staff, resigned in January to join Charlie Strong’s new Texas staff. Connelly, who was fired by Arizona State after the 2012 season and coached in high school last season, arrived in Stillwater in February.
“It seems to be going very well,” Gundy said. “He's experienced in coaching at a high level, and he understands our tempo, our style of offense. He has the same schemes and the same philosophy with what we think is best for Oklahoma State's offense. I like his work habits. He's from Texas, and he's recruited from Texas. There were a lot of things that he brought to the table that really fit our program.”