The process of Jake Rudock leaving the Iowa football team was handled with kid gloves throughout the winter. Those gloves came off on Wednesday.
What was rumored for some time was officially announced last week that Rudock was headed to Michigan as a graduate transfer eligible immediately. The move came after Iowa released a depth chart listing the Florida native, who started 25 of Iowa’s last 26 games, as the back-up to C.J. Beathard.
Asked Wednesday on a Big Ten spring football teleconference if he was surprised by Rudock’s decision, Drew Ott answered honestly.
"Yeah, I mean I thought he had a little more fight in him. But I guess maybe an opportunity (arose) over there at Michigan. I don’t know too much about it," the senior defensive end said.
Rudock threw for 4,819 yards and 34 touchdowns in 25 games at Iowa. He’s expected to compete with Shane Morris and severel others for the starting job at Michigan.
"(He’s) just smart checking the defenses, trying to get the offense into the right play," said Ott who practiced against Rudock for three years. "I don’t know. You’d have to ask an offensive guy (for more of his strengths)."