Michigan ‘absolutely’ expects Rudock back vs. Rutgers

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock apparently has not been physically limited during practice this week since taking a hit that sidelined him late in the Minnesota game last Saturday.

Backup Wilton Speight entered the game and led Michigan to the eventual game-winning score.

Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno said Wednesday before practice that he “absolutely” expects Rudock to play on Saturday against Rutgers.

“He was good yesterday,” Drevno said Wednesday before practice. “He’s out there throwing and running around. He looks good, he really does.”

Drevno also said lead tailback De’Veon Smith, who was limping last Saturday at Minnesota and earlier this season missed the Big Ten opener while recovering from a right ankle sprain, practiced on Tuesday.

In personnel matters, Drevno was asked about the long-term approach for 6-foot-7-inch freshman quarterback Zach Gentry. The 244-pounder could play tight end but for now he remains at quarterback.

“We’ll evaluate that as that goes on, as we enter into spring ball and bowl preparations,” Drevno said. “Right now he’s a quarterback, and he’s doing some things and doing a nice job.”

Freddy Canteen, who arrived at Michigan as a receiver and worked a bit at corner in preseason camp is back at corner, exclusively, said Michigan defensive backs coach Mike Zordich.

“He’s been with us the last couple weeks,” Zordich said. “I’d like to see him stay. He’s got some great ability there. I think he could be a really good corner. It would be fun.”