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Jake Rudock

Hawk Talk
Iowa quarterback Drew Tate, pictured here scoring a touchdown against Ohio State in 2005. (file photo by Don Lund)

Jake Rudock has received mixed reviews in his second season as a Hawkeye signal caller.
Some fans think C.J. Beathard should be the starting quarterback.
Jake just finished his junior year with a bowl game coming up. In two seasons, he’s passed for 34 touchdowns, which is the eighth-most in program history and has a 14-10 record as a starter. Jake has 4,787 yards passing, which is also the eighth-most in school history.
This year, Jake ranks second in the Big Ten in completion percentage (62.6 percent) and has thrown just five interceptions, the fewest among quarterbacks with at least 250 attempts (11 quarterbacks).
Iowa finished the season 7-5.
I’m going to compare Jake’s junior year with Ricky Stanzi, Drew Tate, Matt Rodgers, Chuck Hartlieb and Chuck Long’s junior seasons.
When Ricky Stanzi was a junior in 2009, he started 11 games and played in all 13. The Hawkeyes were 9-4, 5-3 in the Big Ten and beat South Carolina 31-10 in the Outback Bowl.
Drew Tate’s junior year was 2005 and Iowa was 7-5, 5-3 in the Big Ten. Iowa lost to Florida 31-24 in the Outback Bowl.
Matt Rodgers led the 1990 Hawkeyes to an 8-4 record, 6-2 in the conference, were co-Big Ten Champions and he was named All-Big Ten. The Hawks lost to Washington 46-34 in the Rose Bowl.
Chuck Hartlieb was in charge when Iowa went 10-3, 6-2 in the Big Ten. One of the losses was to Tennessee, 23-22, in the Kickoff Classic which was the opening game in 1987. Hartlieb was first team All-Big Ten in ‘87.
Chuck Long’s 1984 Hawkeyes were 8-4-1, 5-3-1 in the Big Ten.
Iowa was leading the Big Ten with a 5-1 conference record and were hosting Wisconsin when Chuck and Ronnie Harmon both got hurt.
The game ended in a tie and the Hawks lost their last two games to Michigan State (17-16) and Minnesota (23-17). Long was All-Big Ten.
Here is the breakdown comparing Jake to five of the top Iowa quarterbacks in the last 35 years.

Yards TDs Int.
Jake: 211-337 63% 2,404 16 5
Ricky: 171-304 56% 2,417 17 15
Drew: 219-352 62% 2,828 22 7
Matt: 187-310 60% 2,228 15 10
Chuck H: 217-334 65% 3,092 19 8
Chuck L: 216-332 67% 2,871 22 13

The stats that sticks out are that Jake has the fewest interceptions and third best completion percentage.