Taylor Cornelius Drafted in XFL Draft by Tampa Bay

Zach Lancaster

Former Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius is once against on the football field as he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Vipers with the fifth pick of the ninth round of the inaugural XFL Draft.

Cornelius was one of 10 skill players drafted by Tampa Bay in the first phase of the XFL Draft. Now that the skill position portion of the draft is over, they'll move on to the offensive line and then the defensive side of the ball where former Oklahoma State defensive end Jarrell Owens will be looking to get drafted.

Taylor Cornelius spent his entire collegiate career in Stillwater and got the nod his redshirt senior year. Having spent four years behind Mason Rudolph, Cornelius was very prepared to take over the offense last season and did a great job.

Oklahoma State football's website describes Cornelius' situation: "One-time walk-on who waited his turn behind one of the best quarterbacks in school history and became a standout performer when given his opportunity," and he did just that.

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During his one year as a starter, Cornelius recorded one of the most productive seasons for a quarterback in school history.

He went 288 of 485 for 3,978 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also rushed for 406 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he caught three passes for 24 yards.

He ranked in the top 10 nationally in passing yards, passing yards per game, passing touchdowns, points responsible for per game and total offense.

While interceptions were an issue throughout the season, he threw 13, I'll still believe that if he had more time at the helm, he would've gone down as one of the best quarterbacks in school history.

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