Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, March 25, 2015

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 Ryan Boyle and Drew Cook.

Beathard, a 6-2, 209-pound junior, saw action in nine games with one start last year, hitting 52-of-92 pass attempts for 645 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed 28 times for 156 yards.

Rudock started the last two seasons and will leave Iowa City with 4,819 yards passing, 34 touchdowns and 18 picks. Last year, Rudock started all 12 games he played in, missing one game due to injury. He completed 213-of-345 pass attempts for 2,436 yards and 16 touchdowns with just five interceptions.

The Hawkeyes finished 7-6 last season (4-4 Big Ten) in a season that ended with a disappointing bowl loss to Tennessee.

In 2013, Rudock started all 13 games and completed 204-of-346 pass attempts for 2,383 yards and 18 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

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