Iowa Football: Jake Rudock set to win QB battle

Jake Rudock set to win Iowa QB job, but does it matter?

4/4/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock was named the co-front-runner alongside Cody Sokol to replace James Vandenberg in Kirk Ferentz’s pre-spring depth chart last week, and he believes it’ll stay that way heading into the regular season.Blog Photo - Iowa Football: Jake Rudock set to win QB battle

Rudock didn’t see a single snap as a redshirt freshman in 2012, but he’s ready to prove that he can lead the Hawkeyes offense for the next several years.

“I look at it as my position to win,” he told The Gazette. “All of us are looking at it that way. Coaches have told us from Day 1, it’s an open competition. We have to take each day as it comes.”

Whether it is Rudock or Sokol – or even C.J. Beathard – that emerges this spring and takes the starting job this fall, they’ll undoubtedly have their hands full.

Iowa had an extremely difficult time moving the ball last year in all offensive categories. Even Vandenberg – who was thought to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NCAA – struggled big-time with a passing attack that averaged just 187.4 yards per game (102nd overall).

However, Rudock has now had two years to digest the system and get a feel of how the game is played at the collegiate level. He’s studied Big Ten defenses and feels prepared to test his abilities against the field.

Rudock, who threw for 5,083 yards and 73 TD passes during his high school career at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), will have to start from scratch in order to rebuild the offense.

Nothing went right for the Hawkeyes last year, and it doesn’t look to get much better. They couldn’t keep its running backs healthy; they didn’t have any deep passing threats; no one could put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks, and the punting game was awful.

The backfield should have some healthy backs to start the season, but that’s until the A.I.R.B.H.G. gets ahold of them once again. The defense returns a hefty amount of solid veterans, but will they be able to improve from their conference-worst sack numbers?

Rudock will likely end up winning the bid for starting QB, but he could just be digging his own grave.

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