UM's Rudock on Citrus Bowl: 'I expect to play'

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock said his left shoulder feels fine and he's preparing for the upcoming Citrus Bowl.

Rudock was sacked in the fourth quarter of the Michigan-Ohio State game on Nov. 28 by Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and landed hard on his left shoulder. He was unable to finish the game because of the injury.

The Wolverines began practice last Thursday and will face Florida in the New Year's Day bowl in Orlando.

"I expect to play," Rudock said after practice Tuesday. "That's all that really matters, right?"

Rudock and Bosa were high school teammates at St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale and remain friends. The two communicated after the game.

"I actually texted him after the game, make sure he was OK," Bosa recently told reporters who cover Ohio State. "We mess around with each other, talk about all the great comments I got on my Instagram post about how classless and how much of a dirtbag I am for messing with one of my friends from high school. But we both had a laugh, and he's doing fine."

Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa sacks Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock, causing him to fumble and injuring him on the play in the fourth quarter. The fumble was later reversed, but Rudock had to be helped off the field and did not return.

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Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa where he started the previous two seasons, said he was never concerned he would miss the bowl.

"I know this process," Rudock said. "We have a few weeks to get healthy, so I wasn't really concerned about that. I'd figure out a way whatever it is. We could take our time, so we took our time. There's no point to force anything with a few weeks to get ready."

He said he began throwing a little more than a week after the injury.

"(It's) a little easier to rehab a non-throwing arm than throwing arm," Rudock said.

Rudock will end his college career in the same stadium where he played his final high school game, a 29-7 victory in the state championship. He was asked if he could recall his stats.

"It was a 'W'," Rudock said. "That's a stat."

He is not prepared to discuss what postseason scouting bowls he will attend and is focused on getting ready to play Florida, not his NFL aspirations. Rudock does intend to attend medical school, but he had always planned to take a year off after college to study for the MCAT medical admission test and thoroughly prepare his applications.

"Catching my breath," Rudock said of purpose of taking the year off.

Giving a solid grade

Kyle Kalis, a starting guard, said overall the Michigan offensive line played well this season and cohesively. He said all the linemen graded out high for the most part, but clearly, there's work to be done, particularly in terms of establishing a more intimidating run game.

Kalis said the line is continuing to improve.

"We want to become the offensive line (that) we're feared, and you don't want to play against us on that Saturday," Kalis said. "I think we still have a little way to get there but we are on the right track and we're going to get there."

He credited Tim Drevno, Michigan's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, for developing the linemen and pushing them to be that feared line.

"He stays on our butt all the time, making sure you don't take any plays off," Kalis said.