In a report by NewsOK.com, Oklahoma State quarterback revealed that he played a significant portion of last season with a fractured rib.
“No one really knows that at all,”Rudolph told The Oklahoman. “We kept that in house.”
Rudolph apparently suffered the injury against Texas when he ran in a 10-yard touchdown. He was hit by two defenders at the end of the play, and he immediately knew something was wrong.
“It was like, ‘Something’s not right,’” he said. “I could barely move.”
Still, Rudolph refused to be pulled, and went on to score two more touchdowns that day. After the game tests revealed the cracked rib, but Rudolph decided to battle through the pain. The Cowboys were fighting for the Big 12 crown and Rudolph wasn’t going to let a cracked rib derail that. He didn’t miss a single start, and threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns in the very next game against the Cyclones. Impressive, especially as is it affected his throwing ability.
“It was so frustrating,” he said. “The rotation (of the torso in the throwing motion) would just kill me. I couldn’t throw it that far. That whole game was a struggle.”
This rib is fully healed now, so look out Big 12. The Cowboys are once again expected to fight for the Big 12 crown, and QB Mason Rudolph isn’t going to be stopped easily.