Rock Hill, S.C.
Northwestern High School
3rd Round – 76th Overall
* The Steelers traded their 79th (third round) and 220th (seventh round) overall picks to the Seattle Seahawks for the 76th (third round) overall pick, which they used to select Oklahoma St. QB Mason Rudolph.
Winningest quarterback in school history, leading the Cowboys to a 32-9 record as a starter, including 10 games in which Oklahoma State trailed during the second half…finished his career holding no fewer than 54 school records, including single-season and career marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency…ranked fourth in Big-12 history with 13,618 career passing yards and third with a 324.2 passing yards per game average.
Second-team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press…winner of the 2017 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Bobby Bowden Award and the Sammy Baugh Award…second-team All-Big 12 honoree as selected by the coaches…led the FBS with 4,904 passing yards and 377.2 passing yards per game…broke Barry Sanders' school record with 47 touchdowns responsible for…teamed with receivers James Washington and Marcell Ateman and running back Justice Hill to make Oklahoma State the first Big 12 school in history with a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard running back in the same season…earned conference Offensive Player of the Week honors after completing 23-of-32 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns in win vs. Pittsburgh…eclipsed 400 passing yards in three other contests.
Named program's Offensive MVP by the coaches…the only player in the country to throw for at least 4,000 passing yards while throwing less than five interceptions…ranked eighth in the nation with 4,091 passing yards – third-most in a season in school history…his 284 completions and 448 attempts were second-most in Oklahoma State history…placed seventh in the country with an average of 314.7 passing yards per game and fourth with 36 completions of at least 30 yards…surpassed 350 passing yards in five games…set a single-game school record with 540 passing yards against Pittsburgh.
Second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree…totaled 264 completions, 3,770 passing yards, 21 touchdown strikes and 290.0 passing yards per game…surpassed 300 passing yards in six games and 400 yards on three occasions…three five touchdowns in a win vs. No. 5 TCU, earning several awards…threw for 437 passing yards vs. Kansas State, the most ever in a game for a school sophomore.
Entered the starting lineup in Week 11, turning in the most passing yards every for an Okalhoma State player in his first game with 281…quarterbacked the Cowboys to the second-largest fourth-quarter come-from-behind win in a 38-35 overtime win vs. Oklahoma…threw for 299 passing yards along with two touchdowns in the Cactus Bowl against Washington – the most passing yards by a Cowboy freshman in a bowl game.
Played at Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.) High School…led school to a 62-35 win over Stratford in the South Carolina Class 4A Division II Championship, completing 40-of-57 passes for 488 yards with eight touchdown passes and only one interception as a senior…totaled 350 completions for 4,377 passing yards with 64 touchdown throws and eight interceptions in his senior campaign, while rushing for 543 yards (129 carries) and 16 touchdowns…"Mr. Football" award finalist in South Carolina…named Most Valuable Player of the Shrine Brown of the Carolinas.