Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock is leaving the program and will be eligible to compete in 2015 at another FBS program as a graduate transfer. But this is where the intrigue begins. Could Michigan be a possible landing spot for Rudock?
According to FoxSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, Rudock is taking a visit to Ann Arbor next week to explore a possible transfer to Michigan.
Rudock started the last two seasons for the Hawkeyes and threw for 4,819 yards in that span. He also tossed 34 touchdowns and completed 60.3 percent of his throws.
New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh opened spring practice with a major question mark at quarterback. Junior Shane Morris is considered the frontrunner, but freshmen Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry, along with sophomore Wilton Speight are pushing for time.
Although all four of those quarterbacks will have an advantage in learning the offense, Rudock is a two-year starter and would be Michigan’s most-established option at the position if he transfers to Ann Arbor.
For Iowa, Rudock’s transfer clearly means C.J. Beathard is the team’s starter in 2015. Beathard has played in 14 games over the last two years and has thrown for 824 yards and six scores.
Beathard was going to push Rudock for time this spring, especially since the Tennessee native has a stronger arm and the potential to provide Iowa's offense with more of a downfield passing threat.
However, Rudock’s transfer means Beathard is the man to beat for coach Kirk Ferentz this spring.
And Rudock could be starting in the Big Ten – just not with the Hawkeyes. Michigan needs an answer at quarterback. Harbaugh clearly subscribes to the theory that you can never have enough quarterbacks. A two-year starter that’s already proven commodity in the Big Ten would be a good asset for Harbaugh to have in his first year at Michigan.