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Unsung Hero for the Pokes: Week 1

NCAA Football: Southeastern Louisiana at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Every week, I will take a look at an unsung hero for OSU from the last game. It will be a guy that had an impact on the game, but maybe doesn’t get the press for it.

For OSU on Saturday, my unsung hero was backup quarterback Taylor Cornelius.

His stat line does not jump off the page. He went 6/8 passing for 54 yards, and 28 rushing yards on 6 carries and a TD on the ground. But, what could be seen in his quarter-plus of playing time was that he commanded the offense well and proved to be a serviceable backup. He will not jump Rudolph for the starting job, but proved he can take quality reps if need be. It is important to have a good backup should anything happen to the starter. Cornelius made solid plays with his arm as well as his feet, he even ran read option plays effectively.

I don’t expect to see many more games with Cornelius in there, unless it’s garbage time in an absolute blowout. But, regardless of the quality of opponent, Cornelius proved his worth as the backup quarterback for OSU. He may not necessarily be the quarterback of the future, but if the Cowboys need him to come in the game, he can make the plays and be a successful player for them.