Michigan graduate transfer quarterback Jake Rudock was a hot commodity with reporters during the football program’s Media Day held on Thurday.
And rightfully so, as him, along with junior quarterback Shane Morris, are expected to be heavily involved in the quarterback competition during fall camp.
Someone who has experience in the Big Ten as a two-year starter at Iowa, Rudock didn’t quite expect to leave the Hawkeye program. At the end of the day, football is football for Rudock.
“It’s definitely different and something you think you’re never going to do,” Rudock said. “At the same time, everyone has their facilities, their meeting rooms, coaches are available. It’s just different because it’s a different place.”
Another dose of reality is the difference in playbooks between the two programs. The difference between a Jim Harbaugh playbook and an Iowa playbook are just a few minute differences.
“I’m getting more comfortable with it, more used to it,” Rudock said. “Verbiage is a little bit different, pass concepts can’t vary too much for pro-style or many other styles. I think the base thing is actually getting out there and doing it. Having 11-on-11 to help me grasp it a little bit better.”
Having a head coach like Harbaugh was a big draw for Rudock. Learning from a successful quarterback on both levels was a big draw for Rudock to Michigan.
“It’s huge,’ Rudock said. “He’s played here and he’s won on every level that he’s coached. It’s really attractive as a quarterback to have a coaching staff like that.”
All that’s left now for Rudock is to go out on the practice field and compete for a starting position.
When asked whether he would win the starting job, Rudock answered the question with one simple, and curt, phrase.
“I can’t answer that,” he said with a smile.