Quarterback Jake Rudock should have no issues making his 13th consecutive start Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl against Louisiana State, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said Monday.
“We expect Jake to be the starter,” Ferentz said during a teleconference with LSU coach Les Miles.
That doesn’t come as a surprise, considering the 15th-year Hawkeye coach said Rudock could’ve returned against Nebraska after the sophomore injured his right knee late in the third quarter of Iowa’s 38-17 win in the regular season finale on Nov. 29. Backup C.J. Beathard took over with Iowa leading 24-10 and led the Hawkeyes to two touchdowns, despite not completing a pass.
But Ferentz did acknowledge Monday that Rudock has been “banged up over the course of the year,” and that Iowa’s two bye weeks — after a loss to Michigan State and win at Purdue — helped Rudock stay on the field to start all 12 games in his first year of college action.
Rudock exited Iowa’s 28-9 loss against Wisconsin with an injured left knee and didn’t return in that game. He had his right knee rolled up on in the victory at Nebraska.
“He should be absolutely fine,” Ferentz said of Rudock. “We don’t anticipate any issues.”
Rudock’s mobility seemed limited as the season wore on; he rushed for five touchdowns early in the season but none in the final seven games.
Rudock completed 195-of-324 passes for 2,281 yards and 18 touchdowns with 12 interceptions this season.
Iowa ranked No. 9 in the Big Ten in total offense, and Rudock was 10th in the league in passing efficiency.
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