Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch appreciates the serious approach senior quarterback Jake Rudock is taking.

Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch appreciates the serious approach senior quarterback Jake Rudock is taking.

Jake Rudock's progression this season resulted in a career day Saturday as Michigan handled Rutgers 49-16.

Rudock tossed for a career high 337-yards, in full command of the Wolverines offense throwing for two touchdowns and a rushing score as well.

"I think he's really getting more aware of the entire system rather than half of it or three quarters of it," Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch said Wednesday. "The more he's aware of what we're trying to do he can get to certain guys faster, or get rid of the ball quicker or hold the ball longer.

"Maybe early on in the season he might have thought the protection scheme might not have known it was picked up so he checked it down quick. I think more of a knowledge base and as knowledge base grows you become more comfortable."

For the season Rudock is completing 62-percent of his passes for 1,780-yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

According to Fisch, the more time spent in the film room and on the field for the Wolverines, the better grasp Rudock has on what's trying to be accomplished offensively.

"Early in your career as a rookie quarterback or first year in our system quarterback you can maybe go one, two, check down, now maybe he feels good to go one, two, three, check down or one, two, three, four, check down," Fisch said.

"I think you see that in the NFL with rookies to their second year and you see that with guys throughout the season."

The improvement is obvious, after throwing three interceptions in a week one loss at Utah, Rudock has just four picks since.

Off the field, Rudock's cool demeanor and seemingly never changing expression has been a hit in the quarterback room as well.

"I think he's a great leader," Fisch said. "One of the things is when we brought him here was bringing maturity in, two year starter in the Big Ten, so now three, he's played a lot of these teams, he's played in a lot of these games and he's played in a lot of these stadiums.

"He kind of brings a calming factor, as you guys know when you talk to him, he's very rarely different personality wise. He's kind of the same guy, very mature, very bright and I think guys recognize that."

Fisch even added the players often joke with Rudock about his age and maturity, routinely stating he's a 33 or 53 year old trapped in a 23 year old's body.

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