Jake Rudock is listed as Iowa’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s game at Purdue, according to the depth chart released today.
The sophomore was sidelined in the third quarter of last week’s 28-9 loss to Wisconsin with a knee injury and didn’t return.
“Jake could have gone back in late in the fourth quarter,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told Hawkeyesports.com on Sunday. ”It didn’t seem like the wise thing to do.”
Ferentz said Rudock’s condition was just one pleasant surprise he received from the medical staff on Sunday. The coach also got good news about running back Mark Weisman, sidelined against the Badgers with a sprained elbow, and right offensive guard Jordan Walsh, who limped off with an ankle injury. Both were listed as starters on today’s depth chart.
Ferentz said he expected everyone to be at full speed Tuesday, when practice starts in preparation for the Purdue game. Iowa. 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten, needs one more win to become bowl eligible. The Boilermakers, under first-year coach Darrell Hazell, are 1-7 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
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Purdue has been outscored in its last two home games, losses to Nebraska and Ohio State, by a combined 100-7 score. But this team has been competitive at times, losing at Michigan State, 14-0, on Oct. 19 and playing Notre Dame to a 31-24 game at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 14.
But it’s been rough sledding for the offense of late. The Boilermakers have not run an offensive play from inside the red zone since a 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois on Sept. 28. Freshman quarterback Danny Etling has been sacked 19 times in 3 1/2 games. Ohio State sacked him six times in a 56-0 victory at Purdue last Saturday.
Rudock was replaced Saturday by redshirt freshman C.J. Beathard, who completed just four of 16 passes but made some impressive throws.
“When I first got in there, I was just trying to get the guys going, because we were a little dead offensively,” Beathard said after the game.
He added that Rudock “was really being motivational to me. He said, ‘Keep the guys going. Keep it up.’ ”
Ferentz said the scenario that got Beathard into his second game at Iowa — he completed one of three passes against Western Michigan — isn’t one he preferred.
“But I thought he did a pretty good job given he hasn’t played,” Ferentz said. “He made a couple of real nice throws as well.”
Rudock was under pressure from Wisconsin’s rock-solid defense all game.
“These are all great experiences for Jake, and he’s done a really good job of taking what he sees during the course of a game and putting it in the experience bank,” Ferentz said.
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