TAMPA, Fla. – Iowa sophomore quarterback Jake Rudock has done a good job this season of calling audibles at the line of scrimmage. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis gives him the freedom to do that.
“The biggest thing he always says is we’re the guys playing,” Rudock said. “He’s up in the booth, as he says, drinking a Diet Coke. We’re the ones that see things on the field. So we’re free to make checks. It’s just trying to get the offense in the best play possible.”
Often, the best-laid plans go up in smoke when a defense lines up a certain way. Or Rudock may see something that looks better according to that alignment.
“You can’t always just walk up there and run the play,” Rudock said. “I know there are a lot of offenses that do that, and they’ve had success. But our offense is a little different.”
The coaching staff knew Rudock was sharp mentally before he took his first college snap against Northern Illinois in the season opener Aug. 31.
“There’s book smart and football smart, and they don’t always coincide,” Davis said. “But in this case it did. We started the season with some easier things. As the season has gone on, he’s handled more and more. He does a ton at the line of scrimmage.”
Davis said that Rudock’s intelligence, paired with his desire to watch a lot of film on his own, has made him the player he is today.
“You’ve got to do that on your own, and he’s doing a great job of it,” Davis said.
Rudock’s ability to bounce back from mistakes has been a theme all season. So has his desire to learn on and off the field.
“He works at it,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “He studies, he’s extremely intelligent and yet he’s still one of the guys. And he’s earned the respect of all the players on our team, not just the offensive side, and certainly the coaching staff. I’m really proud of what he’s done, and this will be another big challenge for him.”
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