WINTER GARDENS, Fla. -- Jake Rudock suffered an injury scare late in the Ohio State game back in November after falling hard on his shoulder in the tailend of a big hit by the Buckeyes' Joey Bosa.
Fortunately for Rudock and Michigan, that shoulder won't be bothering him for the upcoming bowl game against Florida. Rudock told the media that his non-throwing shoulder is feeling fine and does not have any restrictions during practice.
The wait between the last game and the bowl game for some is excruiciatingly long. For Rudock, he's ready to get back out on the field and strive for U-M's 10th win of the season. On the other hand, he's cherished the days of rest and being able to take a step back a little bit leading up to the bowl contest.
Now it's crunch time.
"I'm definitely eager to get on the field," Rudock said. "It's not to kind of be able to take a step back, kind of get your legs back from underneath you and mentally regroup. Go back and see some things. Coach can bring up some things throughout the year that you might not have always discussed. It's one of those things that you want to keep playing week-to-week because you get in a rhythm but at the same time it's nice to get your legs back."
This coaching staff has wanted to keep practices as basic and normal as usual from the end of the season up until now. The players have noted that fundamentals and the basics are things that need to be stressed and Rudock knows that the coaching staff is sticking to what they know and haven't tried to do too much.
"Our coaches have tried to keep it pretty similar," Rudock said. "So far they haven't really (changed the way practice.) Maybe there's a little bit more but I wouldn't say it's significantly noticeable. Just because you can't always do too much. You only have, what, 60-80 plays you run in a game and God knows you're not going to call them all. Nothing too crazy I would say."