New Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock didn’t receive a ringing endorsement from one of his former teammates at Iowa.
“I thought he had a little more fight in him,” defensive end Drew Ott said on Wednesday’s Big Ten spring teleconference. “But maybe an opportunity (arose) over there at Michigan.”
Rudock started 25 games in two seasons at Iowa last season, but was slated to back up C.J. Beathard in 2015. As a graduate student, Rudock was permitted to transfer and play at his new destination without sitting out a year.
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In a departure from what most program have done in the past, Iowa allowed Rudock to transfer anywhere, including within the Big Ten.
Rudock is expected to compete for the Michigan starting quarterback job with junior Shane Morris, redshirt freshman Wilton Speight and freshman Alex Malzone when in the fall. Michigan formally announced Rudock’s arrival Thursday.
Ott is a defensive player, so his insight on Rudock wouldn’t be quite as revealing as a wide receiver, for example, but he was asked his opinion anyway.
What kind of player is Michigan getting?
“A smart football player,” Ott said. “He’s going to run an offense and know what to do.”
Is he a leader?
“I don’t know. You’d have to ask someone else.”
Rudock completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 2,436 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Iowa will not play Michigan during the regular season in 2015.