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Steelers Film Room: Contextualizing Mason Rudolph’s 26 Career College Interceptions

As part of the process of performing a deeper evaluation of the play of new Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph its important to look at all of the interceptions he threw during his college career at Oklahoma State in order to contextualize them. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, we are able to do just that and below is a breakdown of all 26 interceptions that Rudolph threw during his college career along with links that will show you every one of them.

The table below includes important data such as the quarter, down, distance, time and score of the game when each interception took place. Additionally, I have added the distance past the line of scrimmage that each intercepted pass was thrown along with a quick summary note of each play.

While perusing the contextualized data below, you might notice that 16 of Rudolph’s 26 career college interceptions that he threw came with Oklahoma State trailing their opponent. Additionally, only three of the 26 interceptions came within the red zone while 10 others happened on plays in which Rudolph threw the football 20 or more yards down the field.

Rudolph reportedly threw quite a few interceptable passes during his college career but I have yet to verify that, but do, however, plan to throughout the remainder off the offseason.

To end this post on a positive note, of the 13 quarterbacks selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, Rudolph posted the lowest interception percentage of the group. What makes that tidbit even more impressive is the fact that only two other drafted quarterback this year attempted more passes during their college careers than Rudolph did.

# YEAR OPPONENT QRT TIME DWN DIST LOS PLAY BY PLAY PDIST NOTES SCORE
1 2014 BAYLOR 2 5:57 3 8 OKST 37 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by C.Brence 5 Sprint out right & ill-advised 3rd down throw Trailing 21-7
2 2014 BAYLOR 4 5:02 1 10 BAY 41 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by O.Stewart 9 Under pressure moving backwards makes ill-advised throw Trailing 42-28
3 2014 OKLAHOMA 4 3:16 3 12 OKST 25 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by Z.Sanchez 16 Baited into making poor throw into small zone area Trailing 35-28
4 2014 WASHINGTON 1 5:29 1 10 OKST 48 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by B.Baker 41 Nice deep throw MOF and great leaping INT Leading 7-0
5 2015 CENTRAL ARKANSAS 2 12:04 3 17 OKST 47 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by T.Smith 20 Poor touch throw high and behind WR Leading 10-0
6 2015 TEXAS 3 1:34 3 11 OKST 28 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by H.Hill for TD 14 Under pressure high throw to tight area – Pick 6 Leading 24-20
7 2015 TEXAS 4 13:40 1 10 MID 50 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by D.Haines 19 Overthrows open WR MOF Trailing 27-24
8 2015 KANSAS STATE 4 12:24 2 6 KSU 21 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by W.Davis 9 Off WR’s hands Trailing 28-26
9 2015 WEST VIRGINIA 1 9:06 1 10 WVU 47 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by T.Chestnut 40 Overthrows WR off double-move deep right side Tied 0-0
10 2015 WEST VIRGINIA 3 12:37 1 10 OKST 40 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by D.Worley 15 Floats ball to outcutting WR against zone Leading 17-9
11 2015 WEST VIRGINIA 3 6:01 3 5 OKST 37 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by N.Kwiatkoski 21 Under-thrown deep right side pass contested, tipped, picked Leading 23-16
12 2015 TEXAS TECH 1 8:32 1 10 OKST 38 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by D.Allen 4 Stared down WR never saw dropping LB on ill-advised throw Trailing 14-0
13 2015 OKLAHOMA 2 6:59 3 10 OKST 25 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by J.Thomas for TD 7 Under-thrown pass result of hit as throwing – Pick 6 Training 28-20
14 2016 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 4 9:40 1 5 CMU 5 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by J.Cox 12 Spot throw to corner of EZ after WR slow off LOS Trailing 24-20
15 2016 BAYLOR 4 2:36 4 16 OKST 40 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by O.Stewart 37 Scrambling ill-advised deep MOF throw on 4th trying to make play Trailing 35-24
16 2016 KANSAS STATE 3 8:20 2 6 OKST 14 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by D.Shelley for TD 15 High, off-target slant throw – Pick 6 Leading 21-16
17 2016 KANSAS STATE 4 11:27 2 7 OKST 20 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by D.Reed 49 Avoids pressure, deep throw slightly off target, picked via nice play Trailing 37-28
18 2017 PITTSBURGH 3 10:37 1 10 PITT 25 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by A.Maddox 22 Baited into nice INT Leading 49-14
19 2017 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 3 13:53 3 17 OKST 43 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by C.Bradley 0 Screen to RB thrown into congested area, intercepted by lineman Trailing 20-10
20 2017 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 4 1:51 4 1 OKST 32 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by L.Collier 1 Arm hit from behind while throwing Trailing 44-31
21 2017 TEXAS TECH 1 7:42 2 9 TTU 19 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by D.Fields for TD 13 High throw to wide-open out-breaking WR – Pick 6 Leading 7-0
22 2017 WEST VIRGINIA 3 3:05 2 10 OKST 33 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by K.Robinson for TD 6 Ill-advised underneath throw undercut – Pick 6 Leading 30-17
23 2017 OKLAHOMA 3 1:14 1 3 OKLA 3 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by W.Johnson 11 Ill-advised, off back foot throw to double covered WR in EZ Trailing 41-38
24 2017 OKLAHOMA 4 0:00 2 10 OKLA 46 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by R.Barnes 53 EOG Hail Mary Trailing 62-52
25 2017 KANSAS STATE 2 8:15 1 10 OKST 37 M. Rudolph pass intercepted by D.Shelley 43 Deep MOF throw to covered WR overthrown Trailing 21-13
26 2017 KANSAS STATE 2 4:00 2 20 KSU 41 M.Rudolph pass intercepted by K.Adams 22 High throw to tightly covered WR Training 21-13
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