OSU football: Life without Mason Rudolph and James Washington next season starting to sink in
STILLWATER -- After parading around the Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony this week with his players, the realization finally hit Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.
That quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington -- the cornerstones of OSU football for the last four years -- would no longer be around following the Camping World Bowl.
“It kind of hit (wide receivers coach Kasey) Dunn and I coming home on the plane (Thursday) night that for three-and-a-half years we’ve been able to rely on those guys making big plays,” said Gundy just a day after he witnessed Washington take home the Biletnikoff Award in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rudolph and Washington, not including the upcoming bowl game against Virginia Tech on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Florida, have played a combined 90 games together during their tenures at OSU.
The pair have connected directly on 29 touchdowns since 2014 and been part of class that is on the cusp of being the first in program history to achieve three consecutive 10-win seasons.
Washington admitted that “it has started to get emotional” coming to grips that his collegiate career is coming to a close.
“It’ll be a challenge for us moving forward when we don’t have those guys in our back pocket during game planning,” said Gundy.