Harbaugh on Rudock: His job is to win games

U-M coach Jim Harbaugh talks Jake Rudock's performance against UNLV

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No matter how you break it down, a win always counts the same no matter how a team gets there.

However, it doesn’t mean a team is free from concern regarding certain positions.

That is the case during Michigan’s 28-7 victory over UNLV on Saturday. Though the Wolverines took care of business on the field, the passing game continues to be a concern going forward.

The graduate transfer Jake Rudock was known as a quarterback that took care of the football and limited his turnovers during his Iowa career. With an interception Saturday afternoon, Rudock has matched his interception total last season with five only three games into the season.

He also added 126 yards passing and one touchdown on Saturday as well.

U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh, however, was not convinced that it was a bad day at the office for Rudock. In fact, he went as far as to praise his quarterback for the way he managed the game.

“His job is to win football games,” Harbaugh said. “It wasn’t the ideal day to throw. There was a swirling wind quite a bit throughout the day. I thought he did a good job. He managed the game well…There’s things to get better at, improve from, and coach.”

The swirling wind that Harbaugh referred to was in reference to the long passes that Rudock missed. U-M has continued to throw the ball down the field to little results.

The Wolverines were aided by, once again, a stellar rushing attack that softened the poor passing game. Last week it was De’Veon Smith’s chance to shine, this week it was Ty Isaac. The U-M rushing attack finished the day with 254 yards and three touchdowns.

“It’s starting to define itself,” Harbaugh said. “Drake Johnson is back into the action which is good to see. All the running backs are doing a good job not turning the football over. They’re squeezing the football, protecting it, that’s really good. Going through three games without a lost fumble. Those are good things.”

U-M has been lacking explosive plays in the passing game. Missing a wide open Jake Butt in the endzone and an open Drake Johnson for a likely touchdown, Harbaugh is not concerned about the explosive play statistic and every week provides an opportunity for the team to get better.

“I guess I’m not as concerned about statistics as (the media) seem to be,” Harbaugh said. “We strive to get better in every area, there’s definitely areas of improvement in our football team.”

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