Michigan Football 2015 positional preview: Quarterbacks

Jake Rudock, pictured with the Iowa Hawkeyes, transferred to Michigan as a graduate student. (Photo courtesy Getty Images)
Jake Rudock, pictured with the Iowa Hawkeyes, transferred to Michigan as a graduate student. (Photo courtesy Getty Images)

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Jake Rudock, fifth-year senior

Passing stats: 12 G, 345 attempts, 213 completions, 2436 yds, 16 TD, 5 INT, 61.7 pct.

Jake Rudock recently arrived in Ann Arbor, but he’s already the most experienced quarterback on Michigan’s roster. He started the past two years at Iowa before leaving via a graduate transfer.

Rudock threw for 2,436 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 games last season.

But it’s his efficiency and ability to protect the ball that sets the two-year starter apart, and ultimately makes him the leader of this large competition.

Rudock was second in the Big Ten in completion percentage (61.7 percent) and fourth in efficiency (133.5 rating) last season. His five interceptions were the fewest amongst Big Ten starters.

If you look at quarterbacks Harbaugh previously coached — Andrew Luck, Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick — these are traits they possess. And it’s made them successful in running his offense.

Ricky Lindsay

Ricky Lindsay was the Editor-in-Chief of The Michigan Journal during the 2015-2016 academic year. He has been a staff favorite over the years for his work. Ricky served as Sports Editor for two years before becoming Editor-in-Chief. He covered University of Michigan football for four years and was an advocate for UM-Dearborn involvement.