Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock garnered big-time praise from Jim Harbaugh following a 38-0 win over Northwestern, including the fact that the fifth-year senior has “total command of the offense” in Ann Arbor. However, not every head coach was pleased with Rudock’s performance, as Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald is “ecstatic” to be able to avoid Rudock moving forward, saying this following the game (via MLive.com)
“I’m ecstatic to see Jake Rudock graduate. He’s been a thorn in our side at two institutions. He’s a great young man and I want to congratulate him. It’s good to see him graduate so I don’t have to lose to him again.”
Rudock was 2-0 as a starting QB against Northwestern while at Iowa, making this his third consecutive victory over the Wildcats. Fitzgerald went on to expand a bit about how Rudock was able to give his team fits:
“You can’t take everything away, and he was able to find things. He’s a veteran quarterback. He’s played a lot of Big Ten games, he was smart with the ball and got it out of his hands, especially when we had some semblance of pressure.”
Rudock wasn’t exactly explosive on Saturday, throwing for only 169 yards in the game, but his ball security was crucial in allowing Michigan to preserve a runaway victory. The tide is beginning to turn in Rudock’s favor, and at least one Big Ten coach is now happy to be rid of him on the football field.