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Chuck Long offers some advice to Jake Rudock

[ 0 ] August 27, 2013 |
Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long, center, served as honorary captain, walking out to mid-field for the coin toss with #43 Pat Angerer and #49 A. J. Edds before game against Michigan played at Kinnick Stadium in 2009. (Bill Neibergall / Register photo)

Former Iowa quarterback Chuck Long, center, served as honorary captain, walking out to mid-field for the coin toss with #43 Pat Angerer and #49 A. J. Edds before game against Michigan played at Kinnick Stadium in 2009. (Bill Neibergall / Register photo)

Chuck Long, who became the first college player to pass for 10,000 yards and was Iowa’s starting quarterback from 1982 to 1985, got his all-America career off to a bumpy start.

He has some advice for the Hawkeyes’ Jake Rudock, who will make his first career start Saturday against Northern Illinois.
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“The best advice I could give him, as a young quarterback, is don’t beat your team,” said Long, who will be in the Kinnick Stadium press box Saturday as an analyst for Big Ten Network. “You’ve got to learn not to beat yourself before you can beat the other team. A lot of young quarterbacks force it too much because they want to stay in there and establish themselves quickly, and show the crowd that, 'Hey, I’m the right choice.’ But when they force it, they get in trouble and end up on the bench.”

After starting the first game of the 1982 season as a redshirt freshman, a 42-7 loss at Nebraska, Long lost his starting job to Tom Grogan the next week. Iowa lost at Iowa State, 19-7, and coach Hayden Fry made Long the starter again in week three at Arizona. The Hawkeyes won, 17-14, and Long was firmly entrenched as the starter.

Expect Rudock to make some mistakes Saturday, Long said.

“The faster he can learn and go on to the next play, the better he’ll be,” Long said. “But that doesn’t always happen. They think about those previous plays too much as a young quarterback.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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