While March Madness has moved into full swing, news on the gridiron continues to pour in, as it was announced Tuesday that Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Jake Rudock would likely be granted an unconditional release from the program. 247sports.com first reported the news that head coach Kirk Farentz will make the exception to any program- even a fellow member of the Big 10.
Prior to this news, it has been widely speculated that Rudock, the team’s 2014 starter, was extremely interested in transferring to the University of Michigan, and it was verified Wednesday that he will visit the school. If Rudock is offered a scholarship from the school, which is yet to be determined, it is likely that he will accept the deal. Sources close to Michigan have hinted that it does seem that the program will offer him the scholarship, but nothing has been made official.
Over the course of the past two seasons, Rudock has passed for nearly 5,000 total yards, 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, while the Hawkeyes have gone 15-11 during that same time period, making two consecutive bowl appearances. Rudock also possesses the threat to run, having contributed eight touchdowns on the ground as well. Rudock’s size (6’3”, 238 lbs) and experience make him an enticing quarterback for new head coach Jim Harbaugh’s offense, and provides an instant upgrade over the team’s other options. Of all potential Wolverine starters, only Shane Morris has previous experience, and doesn’t exactly fit the style in which Harbaugh approaches the game. Still, it remains to be seen whether or not both sides are able to agree on a scholarship making Rudock Michigan’s next starting quarterback.
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