STILLWATER – Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius finally has his moment to shine.
Cornelius, a fifth-year senior, came to Stillwater prior to the 2014 season, but found himself behind fellow freshman Mason Rudolph in the pecking order at quarterback. That wouldn’t stop the Bushland, Texas, native though, as he continued to work on his craft and eventually solidified himself as Rudolph’s backup during the Cowboy’s record-breaking career.
The 6-6 hurler has seen limited action during his first four seasons at OSU, highlighted primarily with clean-up duty during the Cowboys’ blowout victories. In 2015 and 2016, he appeared five times and showed flashes of his impressive arm and his ability to run.
As a sophomore, Cornelius directed the Cowboys’ longest scoring drive of the season in terms of time elapsed vs. Southeastern Louisiana, capping a 15-play, 90-yard drive over 8:58 with a five-yard touchdown run.
Cornelius continued to grow his talent, and as a junior he continued to show that the Cowboy offense would be in good hands post-Rudolph. He appeared in five games, completing six of his 10 pass attempts for 148 yards and no interceptions. Cornelius also rushed for 66 yards on three carries in the Cowboys’ Homecoming win over Baylor and scored on a 40-yard zone read play midway through the fourth quarter of that contest.
Off the field, Cornelius, a management major, was named to the Academic All-Big 12 second team in 2017.
Entering the 2018 season, Cornelius has been handed the keys to the car and the Cowboy offense will go as he goes. Cornelius is one of the longest tenured Cowboys on this year’s roster and his time within the walls of Boone Pickens Stadium will only benefit the fifth-year quarterback in his final collegiate campaign.