Rudock Winning Games, Taking Care of Ball

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh talked about Jake Rudock's progress five games into the 2015 season.

Compare Jake Rudock's statistics to some of the other top quarterbacks in the country and those numbers might not look so great.
But compare Rudock and Michigan's 4-1 record to other teams in the nation and it looks a lot better.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh remains unconcerned about his fifth-year senior quarterback though, now with seven total touchdowns and six interceptions through the first five games of the season.
"He's playing good," Harbaugh said. "His job is to win football games and that's what he's doing. 
"I heard John Harbaugh say that to him in the locker room after the game. He's doing a good job and that his job, win football games."
The turnovers have been criticized most when looking at Rudock's play but after coughing up three interceptions in the season opener at Utah, Rudock has just three picks since.
"He's taking good care of the football, going through it decision by decision," Harbaugh said. "He's taking care of the football, he's making good, accurate, appropriate throws. 
"When he did get an interception he really did hit Sione in both hands. You're coached not to throw back against your body and we do coach that. If the guy makes that play and you get a completion then you're glad he did it but that one, the football God's got us on that one."
Starting with Michigan's 31-0 shutout over BYU, Rudock has also found some leg room within the Wolverines' offense, routinely breaking out of the pocket to extend plays.
On Michigan's final scoring drive of the game at Maryland Saturday, Rudock did it again leading to Drake Johnson's one yard touchdown run.
"I love the way he ran," Harbaugh said. "He looked like Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick there, I had a flashback, when he took the ball, got us a first down and cut across the grain. 
"He was heading toward the end zone, got tackled about the 10 or 12 yard line so that was a big gain. He's playing winning football and that's what we ask him to do."
Quickly earning respect from his teammates after being dropped in Ann Arbor in mid June, senior center Graham Glasgow believes Rudock is providing exactly what this offense needs.
"Jake is a fantastic game manager and he makes sure that we're in the best play to take advantage of the defense," Glasgow said. "I think he's a heck of a quarterback. 
"He makes, for the most part, really great decisions and I'm happy with the way Jake plays."

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