Jim Harbaugh Gives Michigan Fans A Major Update On The Team’s QB Battle

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There’s a chance Michigan won’t name a starting quarterback before the season starts.

The Wolverines open the season September 3 against Colorado State, and senior Cade McNamara is battling sophomore J.J. McCarthy for the QB1 role.

Well, there’s a chance the team might play the Rams without either cemented as the starter.

“It’s possible there’s a starter by the first game. It’s possible it plays into the season,” Harbaugh explained when talking about the QB battle in Ann Arbor, according to Austin Meek.

Both quarterbacks provide some major advantages to being the QB1. Last season, McNamara led the Wolverines to a Big Ten championship and a spot in the CFP.

Will Cade McNamara start for Michigan? (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Along the way, he threw for 2,576 yards, 15 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Cade McNamara is the definition of a solid game manager who is capable of making plays when Michigan needs him to.

He’s not a star, but he’s dependable. Plus, he has a ton of valuable experience you can’t put a price on.

Will Cade McNamara start at quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines? (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

As for McCarthy, he is a great athlete and the ceiling is ultimately higher with him. Last season, he threw for 512 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.

He also rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He’s a great athlete capable of doing exactly what you want a dual-threat QB to do.

Can J.J. McCarthy beat out Cade McNamara? (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Harbaugh’s decision pretty much comes down to an incredibly experienced and talented game manager or the unproven but ultimately more gifted sophomore.

Will J.J. McCarthy start at quarterback for Michigan? (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

As a betting man, I think McCarthy ultimately takes over the QB1 role. It just might not happen by week one, as Harbaugh pointed out.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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