TAMPA, Fla. – Why would Jake Rudock migrate north?
It’s a question Iowa’s sophomore quarterback was having to answer Saturday, as the Hawkeyes met with the media.
“It was the best fit, and also getting the opportunity to play (NCAA) Division I football,” Rudock said. “It’s a little give and take, and then who recruits you.”
Rudock grew up in Weston, Fla., about a 4-hour drive from Tampa.
When it came time to make his college choice, the pre-medicine major was down to Miami and Iowa.
Joining the Hurricanes would have let him play within 45 minutes of his home. Instead, Rudock traveled 1,466 miles to become a Hawkeye.
“My mom is a second-grade teacher, and she always tells us, ‘When football is over, it’s over, but you still have your brain left,’” Rudock recalled. “My parents told me, ‘We’d love for you to be in our backyard, but it’s your choice.’”
Rudock also mentioned he considered attending Harvard.
“Where I’m at right now is where I fit,” Rudock said.
He joked that the Iowa winters, though, were a cold shot of reality.
Two weeks ago, when a winter storm dropped 8 inches of snow in Iowa City, temperatures dipped below zero and crossing campus became a dicey proposition.
“I was penguin-walking in there,” said Rudock, whose parents grew up in Pennsylvania. “Obviously, it’s a little different living in it for two months rather than two weeks.”
But back to the warm climate of Tampa. As a high school football and baseball star, Rudock competed in various stadiums and ballparks in Tampa.
Raymond James Stadium, site of Wednesday’s Outback Bowl, was never one of them.
“I’ve never played in it,” Rudock said. “I haven’t been in it.
“Any time you get a chance to play in an NFL stadium, that’s awesome.”
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