ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan passing offense had its best game yet, with Jake Rudock throwing for a career-high 337 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s 49-16 win against Rutgers.
Through U-M’s first nine games, Rudock has thrown for 1,780 yards, completing 62.8% of his passes with eight touchdowns. He’s averaging 197.8 passing yards per game, which shows that his performance against Rutgers has U-M’s passing game trending in the right direction, says senior wide receiver Amara Darboh.
“I think we were just clicking,” said Darboh, who finished with 53 yards receiving and a touchdown catch versus the Knights. “Past games we were just close a couple throws here and there. Every game I think we’ve been getting better. I think we are finally clicking. Hopefully we can just keep on improving.”
As far as Rudock is concerned, Darboh says he’s seen improvement form U-Ms quarterback continually as the season has progressed.
“I noticed it every week, I think he’s getting better, we all are as the weeks go on,” Darboh said. “I think he’s getting more comfortable truing the lineman, trusting the receivers. … If we continue to do that, good things will happen for us.”
Darboh, who leads U-M with 37 catches for 458 yards and three touchdowns, admits it took some time, but has finally reached a comport level with Rudock, noting that U-M’s quarterback knows where to throw the ball where he can succeed in his routes.
“The more you play, the more you know where to put the ball to give them a chance (to make a play),” Darboh said. “The more comfortable you get with them.”
Adding: “I would like the ball higher. I’m a taller receiver and most DB’s are shorter than me. (Rudock) does a nice job of that, putting the ball in the right spot.”
No. 15 Michigan (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) plays at Indiana (4-5) this Saturday at 3:30 pm.