J.J. McCarthy emerged as the starting quarterback for Michigan in the 2022 season. The sophomore played in 11 games as a freshman as the backup behind Cade McNamara, and while he was No. 2 on the depth chart for the season opener, he started in Week 2 and has been at the helm ever since.

He’s made good on that role, throwing for 2,215 yards, 17 touchdowns, and just 2 interceptions, while being name a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Now, the Wolverines are a win away from a 2nd straight B1G Championship and a 2nd consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.

And the bond between McCarthy and McNamara has never been stronger, as McCarthy spoke with 247Sports’ Alejandro Zúñiga just days before the Wolverines face Purdue in Indianapolis:

Can McCarthy lead the Wolverines to a 2nd consecutive Playoff appearance and to a victory in Indianapolis? Kickoff on FOX between Michigan and Purdue is set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.