While Jake Rudock didn’t lead an especially explosive or even effective offense last season at Iowa, he did a terrific job keeping the ball out of the hands of opposing defenders, throwing just five interceptions during the 12 games he played on the season.
Well, through just three games as a Michigan Wolverine, Rudock has already thrown five interceptions, compared to just three touchdown passes.
Now that number is a bit inflated thanks to a rocky performance in the season-opener in which he threw three picks. That came against a very good defense in Utah, not to mention the fact that it was his very first game in a brand-new offense and that everyone else wearing maize and blue, regardless of experience, was in their first game in the new Jim Harbaugh offense, too.
But the continued turnovers and the continued lack of success in the passing game has some wondering whether a quarterback change might be necessary to jumpstart the offense. After all, Harbaugh waited until the season-opening drive to reveal that Rudock won the preseason competition over Shane Morris.
But according to Harbaugh, the difference between Rudock and Morris might not be as small as the length of time to reveal the starter might have indicated.
“The timing in the passing game, the detail, the precision that’s required, it takes time on task. To be clear, Jake Rudock’s our best quarterback. Not by a small margin, he’s out best quarterback,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “And when it comes to precision of the passing game and the timing, that’s something that we’re all working together at and it’s the responsibility of everybody.”