Hawkeye thought Rudock 'had a little more fight in him'

Chad Leistikow

IOWA CITY, Ia. – A now-former teammate of Jake Rudock's at Iowa delivered his two cents Wednesday on the quarterback's transfer to Michigan.

"Yeah, I thought he had a little more fight in him," Hawkeye senior defensive end Drew Ott said during a teleconference hosted by the Big Ten. "But I guess maybe an opportunity arose there at Michigan. I don't know too much about it."

Ott's comments came six days after Rudock's move to Michigan was officially announced.

Had Rudock elected to stay at Iowa for his senior season, he would've begun spring ball behind C.J. Beathard on the depth chart. Head coach Kirk Ferentz named Beathard his starter on Jan. 8, six days after a 45-28 loss to Tennessee in the TaxSlayer Bowl.

In going to Ann Arbor, Rudock — who started 25 of Iowa's last 26 games — becomes a leading contender to start for new Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh.

Asked about Rudock's leadership qualities, Ott offered this: "I don't know, you'd have to ask someone else."