Harbaugh Updates the Ongoing QB Competition

Michigan coach Jm Harbaugh gives the latest in U-M's QB competition between Jake Rudock and Shane Morris.

CHICAGO -- Day two of Big Ten Media Days is underway, which means Jim Harbaugh was finally introduced to the media on the national stage.

With his proper introduction under way, it didn’t take long for Harbaugh to start fielding questions on which Michigan quarterback will be starting under center this fall.

The logical choice -- it seems anyways – is Iowa graduate transfer Jake Rudock, who came to Michigan earlier this summer and is the expected leader for the job heading into fall camp.

And so far, Harbaugh says Rudock has fit in quite well in Ann Arbor.

“I always thought it took 21 days to get acclimated to new surroundings,” Harbaugh said of Rudock. “He’s done that and then some. He’s got a bounce in his step. He got a real pizzazz.”

However, junior Shane Morris is still very much in the quarterback competition, Harbaugh says. In fact, he says he’s just going to sit back and see which signal caller takes the job before U-M first game at Utah on Sept. 3.

“I noticed Shane Morris, Jake, are both very serious, very focused,” Harbaugh said. “But both are very loose and very confident at the same time. I’m very excited to watch both of them compete. They both have a lot at stake. I’m just going to observe and learn. I observe a lot by watching.”

That being said: when asked if it was a two-man race between Rudock and Morris for the starting gig?

Harbaugh, well, was Harbaugh, and gave another one of his signature responses.

“We’re going to roll the balls out there and let them all compete,” Harbaugh said. “Whoever is playing better is going to be our quarterback.”

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