Arriving Early: Mason Rudolph

March 8, 2014

STILLWATER, Okla. – “Arriving Early” features interviews with the early enrollees at Oklahoma State this spring. The first edition includes an interview with freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph, who arrived in Stillwater this spring after finishing his high school career at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C. His comments:
Mason Rudolph
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 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 if anything has surprised him
“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 level
“I’d say the biggest difference is all the teammates; just the level of competition. In high school, obviously not everybody is a D-1 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.”
On what he’s looking forward to this summer
“I think we get to go home at the beginning of summer, which will be fun because I’ll get to see my parents and my family. Then we come back and start working out and get back to the grind. When fall camp comes around that will be exciting to strap on the pads again like we’re about to do here for spring and focus on the football side of things more than working out. I’m excited about the opportunity and I’m ready to work.”



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