Report: Iowa to release Jake Rudock to any school, Michigan included

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It appears that, if Jake Rudock wants to stay in the Big Ten, Iowa won’t stand in his way.

Earlier this month it was reported that Jake Rudock was looking to transfer from Iowa, with Michigan mentioned as the likely landing spot.  The only problem, the thinking went, was that most couldn’t see Iowa releasing the quarterback to another Big Ten school.

That apparently won’t be the case, however, as 247Sports.com writes that “Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz will release transfer quarterback Jake Rudock to any school in the country including Michigan.” According to a tweet from Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com, “Rudock is heading to Michigan for a visit in the next 36 [hours].”

In the same tweet, Feldman wrote that the player hopes to hear from the Big Ten in the next week regarding his eligibility. As a graduate transfer, Rudock would normally be eligible to play immediately, although moving within the conference doesn’t make it a lock. The fact that the Hawkeyes are granting him a full release, however, seemingly bodes well for his chances with the league.

247Sports also notes that Boise State remains in play, although all of the signs are pointing to Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines — providing the Big Ten doesn’t force him to sit out a year, of course. The recruiting website states that “if Michigan does offer Rudock a spot on the roster that he will accept,” while “the Wolverines are expected to offer Rudock” at some point during his visit.

The past two seasons combined, Rudock has passed for nearly 5,000 yards, 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while completing roughly 60 percent of his passes. He added eight rushing touchdowns for good measure.

Rudock started all 25 games in which he played in 2013 and 2014. If he ends up with the Wolverines, he’d easily be the most experienced of a group of contenders that will include junior Shane Morris, redshirt freshman Wilton Speight and true freshmen Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry. Morris is the only one of that group with any experience at the collegiate level, starting two of the 10 games in which he played the past two years.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.