Once Jim Harbaugh was hired at Michigan, the attention turned to who his next quarterback protege would be. Over his coaching career Harbaugh has worked with quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith. Despite not releasing the information to the public, everyone expects Jake Rudock to end up as the starting quarterback for Michigan.
Rudock is a graduate transfer from Iowa. Due to an NCAA rule which allows student-athletes who have graduated to transfer, Rudock was able to enroll at Michigan in 2015. He became immediately eligible to play football for maize and blue.
Here is what you need to know about Jake Rudock:
1. Jake Rudock Started for Iowa Last Season
Rudock started for Iowa at quarterback last season and the team went 7-5. He threw for 2,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. While he is unlikely to pass for 4,000 yards this season in Ann Arbor, he offers Michigan consistency. He is an efficient quarterback who does not make mistakes and manages the game.
2. Rudock Is a Graduate Student at Michigan
While most student-athletes have to sit out a year after transferring schools, there is an NCAA rule which states that individuals who have received their degree can retain their eligibility when they transfer so long as their current school does not offer that particular degree program. Players like Russell Wilson took advantage of this rule in the past. Wilson transferred to Wisconsin after graduating from North Carolina State. Rudock is pursuing a master’s degree in movement science.
3. Jake Already Has a Degree in Multidisciplinary Sciences
Jake earned a degree in multidisciplinary sciences at Iowa. The degree helped him become eligible to transfer schools upon graduation and keep his football elgibility immediately upon transferring. He was on the Leadership Group of the Iowa football team multiple years during his tenure there.
4. As a Three-Star Recruit He Received Offers From Teams Like Wisconsin & Minnesota
According to 247 Sports, Rudock was a three-star recruit coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florida. A number of teams recruited Jake, the list was particularly full of Big Ten schools. He received scholarship offers from schools like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado and Illinois.
5. He Comes From a Well-Educated Family
Jake will be in great company when he completes his master’s degree at Michigan. Bob Rudock, Jake’s father, is a lawyer while his mother, Kathy, is a teacher who also has a master’s degree. His oldest brother graduated from medical school at the University of Miami and his sister graduated with a master’s degree from FSU. You can follow Jake on Instagram.
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