Who has the best shot to get to the title game: Wisconsin or Michigan State? How do you defend Duke big man Jalil Okafor? Thoughts on Iowa QB Jake Rudock going to Michigan? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart takes on those reader questions and more in this week's mailbag. Read on.
Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock won’t be back with the Hawkeyes. The 6-3, 208-pound senior will be immediately eligible wherever he lands after he graduates in the spring. Speculation surrounding Rudock transferring had been growing since Kirk Ferentz announced that C.J. Beathard would be the No. 1 quarterback when spring drills opened. Rudock will have one season of eligibility left, and there are rumors that he has already visited Michigan. With Rudock gone, the backup quarterback spot will become a situation to watch. Redshirt freshman Tyler Wiegers is slated to be the No. 2 man. Behind him would be incoming freshmen
There is a lot going on in the world of Big Ten sports. And, my email inbox reflects that. So, let me get to some of your most pressing queries as March is about to melt into April. Can you believe it? [ MORE: Badgers dominant in win over Baylor | Big Ten Greeks: Badgers in the zone ] I am very happy to have Maryland and Rutgers join the Big Ten. But will they be able to compete? – Ryan Eaton I think Maryland basketball has a chance to compete right away. And the football program should too, as
It hasn’t been a great year for Big Ten quarterbacks. Returning stars Braxton Miller, Taylor Martinez and Kain Colter have missed extended periods due to injury, while Devin Gardner has been inconsistent and turnover-prone. Luckily, for the conference, a few first-year starters have exceeded expectations. Guys like Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld, Iowa’s Jake Rudock and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg all are in the midst of strong seasons. Which one has been the most impressive, though? It has to be Rudock. Look, we weren’t sure who would start for Indiana at the beginning of the season, but we knew the winner of
Coming off a 4-8 season, Iowa faced many questions as 2013 dawned. One of the biggest: Who would play quarterback with James Vandenberg gone? Jake Rudock emerged from a three-man battle in training camp. And the Hawkeyes haven’t looked back in forging a 3-1 start. The 6-3, 205-pound sophomore from Weston, Fla., arrived in Iowa City in 2011 and redshirted. He then sat and watched last season, as the Hawkeye offense struggled to find a groove under first-year coordinator Greg Davis. But so far this fall, Iowa’s offense has looked much better. Yes, the Hawkeyes are relying on a strong
The wait is over: Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz named sophomore Jake Rudock the starting quarterback today. No surprise. Rudock has been running with the first-team throughout training camp and has looked the best among the competition, which also includes redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard and junior Cody Sokol—who began his career at a junior college. Rudock is perceived to be a safe choice, the signal-caller with an OK arm who knows the offense best—and is the least likely to commit a catastrophic mistake. Beathard may have the best arm of the bunch, but he’s prone to mistakes. [ RELATED: Dienhart: Myriad