ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As the season has progressed, its appeared, at least for right now, that Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock has settled down and utilized better decision making.
Rudock had to understand the U-M offense on the fly during the summer, in just a matter of weeks. Now with the season marching on, he's been able to grasp things a little easier. It's showing in his play, too.
"I think it's a little different that first game not being with the coaches on the game day," Rudock said. "Gamedays are completely different than practice. The more games you get with a particular system helps you, too. Kind of settle your feet, just kind of got out there and not think as much."
In U-M's 38-0 victory over Northwestern, Rudock didn't have to be flashy. He just had to be good enough. That starts with making smart decisions with the football. Save for one bad pass in the second half, he was doing just that.
For a Big Ten veteran like himself, it also helps knowing the basics of the foe.
"It helps having some idea of what teams are trying to do," Rudock said. "That was my third time playing against Northwestern, they're a solid team. It kind of helps you understand what to expect but you'll still see some wrinkles."
Rudock is also aided by the fact that U-M can play many different players in different positions across the offense. Rudock acknowledges the Wolverines' ability to do so. It's also helpful because U-M doesn't have to show too much in the process.
"As an offense you don't want to show everyone where you're going," Rudock said."You don't want to show your hand like you're playing poker. I think that's helpful that we can get the ball to a bunch of different guys. It keeps the defenses offbalanced, having a balanced run and pass game."