ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jake Rudock has been fleet of foot this season, picking up critical rushing yards when Michigan needed them the most, scoring two touchdowns in the process.
So is he the next Colin Kaepernick or Russell Wilson as coach Jim Harbaugh suggested on Monday? Well, not exactly, says Rudock, who was quick to note he’s been a good runner his entire football career.
“I think it’s something that I’ve hade since I played football, my whole life” Rudock said when asked about scrambling ability. “But sometimes opportunities don’t present themselves much. Or you just throw away when you maybe had a lane. That’s just kind of a feel of the pocket, come to understanding when to take off (or) when to be smart and throw it away.”
Currently, Rudock has two rushing touchdowns with a long of 20 yards through Michigan’s first five games. However, he says he won’t be a run first quarterback anytime soon.
“I was just trying to help the team out a little bit and get some yardage on the ground if possible,” Rudock said.
Northwestern’s defense is only giving up 7.0 points per game, which ranks No. 1 nationally.
And they have the full attention of U-M’s signal caller.
“A stout defense, they obviously don’t give up a lot,” Rudock said of Northwestern. “That’s one of the things you can tell real easily. They are always in the right spot. They have a of of talent. We will have our hands full because they are a really good defense.”
As far as U-M’s offensive concerns, Rudock says the plan is to keep evolving as an offense as No. 18 Michigan (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten ) Prepares for No. 13 Northwestern (5-0, 1-0) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
“There is always things you are working out,” Rudock said. “Each week is a new step ‘cause you have new installs every week. I’ve seen that, every guy I talk to in the country they do that. It’s really honing in on what we do well. I think that’s the biggest thing, and just continue to evolve and not just get complacent about having a good week.”