Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington were honored at 62nd Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards lo February 4, as the pair was included on the organization’s “Players To Watch in 2017” list, made up of some the best college football players from across the country.
The event, held at Express Live! in downtown Columbus, Ohio, hosted athletes from around the country.
Rather than presenting a watch list, the Touchdown Club of Columbus “Players to Watch” is a stand-alone award that recognizes players for their accomplishments from last season and expectations for 2017.
A potential 2017 Heisman Trophy candidate, Rudolph has quarterbacked OSU to a 22-6 overall record in his career thus far, and his 8,714 career passing yards are second in school history behind only Brandon Weeden (9,260).
In the 2016 season, Rudolph was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award while throwing for 4,091 yards, becoming the second quarterback in school history to surpass the 4,000-yard mark. He was the only quarterback in the nation last season to pass for more than 3,600 yards with less than five interceptions.
Additionally, Rudolph ranks third among all returning FBS quarterbacks and second among all returning Power Five quarterbacks with a career pass efficiency rating of 154.12 (min. 500 attempts). He already owns no fewer than 11 school records entering his senior year and, with next year to come, he is in position to be the most productive quarterback in Oklahoma State history.
A potential preseason favorite for the Biletnikoff Award, Washington has served as the leading receiver in the Cowboy offense for each of the past two seasons. He leads all returning FBS players with 26 career receiving touchdowns, and his career average of 19.3 yards per reception and 2,918 career receiving yards are the best among all returning Power Five receivers.
A first-team All-Big 12 selection and Biletnikoff semifinalist, Washington finished his 2016 campaign with 71 catches for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2,923 career receiving yards rank fourth in school history, and his 1,380 receiving yards last year rank No. 1 nationally in terms of Power Five players returning next season.
Washington’s 296 receiving yards against Pittsburgh were the most for any FBS player against a Power Five conference opponent in 2016, and he capped last season as the Offensive MVP of the Valero Alamo Bowl after making nine catches for 171 yards and a touchdown in less than three full quarters of play against a Colorado secondary that entered the game ranked 13th nationally in pass defense.
In the past 60 years, the Touchdown Club of Columbus has hosted and honored more than 2,000 athletes. Athletes are selected each year by the Touchdown Club’s committees, consisting of coaches, sportswriters and former player