Quarterback Jake Rudock was granted his release from the University of Iowa this past winter and the big question was where he would transfer to.
On Wednesday afternoon, that question was answered, and somewhere Jim Harbaugh was smiling.
Yes, Rudock has been granted the oppurtunity to Michigan and will become a Wolverine. Even better news for Michigan fans, he will be eligible to play this season.
Rudock received a Big 10 waiver which will allow him to avoid losing a year of eligibility and also allowed him transfer to the Wolverines.
The Florida native had a very productive year for the Hawkeyes this past season, throwing for 2,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
With the uncertainty of who will be starting at the quarterback position for Michigan this upcoming season, Rudock will have a great chance to play and possibly start for the Wolverines.
His former high school head coach, George Smith, had this to say about his decision.
“I hope he fits well, from what I know of their offense, he fits,” said Smith, former head coach at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. “That’s obviously why that whole union happened…. We’ll see what their offense does and we’ll go from there. But I don’t think they would have pursued him unless they thought he could help them.”
His private coach was excited about Rudock’s move to Michigan.
Via the Detroit Free Press,
“Jake’s a perfect candidate for the p there, he’s a gritty guy, a Big Ten guy,” said Ken Mastrole, his private coach from near his Weston, Fla., home. “He knows the teams ins and out. It’s a great situation because he’s going to fit that system. He’s definitely a guy that’s going to provide so much knowledge and the nuances of the game.”
Rudock’s experience playing in the Big 10 will only help him as he tries to win the starting job this upcoming fall. Furthermore, his intelligence and ability to avoid turning the ball over at a high rate will also help him tremendously.
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