Jim Harbaugh Breaks Down QB Battle As Michigan Looks To Rebound

Jim Harbaugh is hoping to return Michigan to football relevance. But in order to do that, he probably needs to find a quarterback.

Good news, Wolverines fans. Harbaugh suspects there will be someone manning the position next season, and perhaps someone entirely capable of doing so. This despite the fact the current QB crop has just one start between them. It belongs to redshirt sophomore Cade McNamara.

“Cade just continues to play well,” Harbaugh told the media. “He took what he did last fall in games and continued to build on it on a daily basis. Very confident, knows the system inside and out. It has been really fun working with him. Matt Weiss is doing a great job, and Cade’s just a sponge for knowledge, always trying to improve and add to what he’s doing.”

Meanwhile, true freshman J.J. McCarthy performed well enough in spring to move “all the way up to No. 2,” Harbaugh said of the depth chart. That likely means it’s McNamara, McCarthy and the rest.

Most other offensive positions are basically set, with running backs Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum expected to build on previous opportunities.

“They are two tremendous players, and that’s where the bulk of the carries are going to go,” Harbaugh said. “We’re going to lean heavily on those two players.”

The Wolverines are coming off a miserable 2-4 season in 2020, when (perhaps fortunately) they didn’t even get to play their annual game against Ohio State. So it’s pretty evident Harbaugh is looking forward to trying again, and he may now have the weapons to have the type of success Michigan fans expect.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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