JJ McCarthy for Heisman? QB dazzles with amazing first half vs. MSU
JJ McCarthy is trying to play his way into the heart of the discussion for the Heisman Trophy, and he has shredded Michigan State’s defense with apparent ease in the rivalry game.
McCarthy has maintained a blend of athleticism and arm talent that few quarterbacks have. Earlier in the week, head coach Jim Harbaugh even said McCarthy is on track to be the best all-time QB in the history of the Wolverines.
Against the Spartans, McCarthy looked like it with some on-target throws time and time again. It wasn’t just his arm though with McCarthy breaking the pocket to churn up yards with his legs.
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At the break, McCarthy has completed 20-of-26 passes for 276 yards and 3 touchdowns without an interception to go with 8 yards on the ground. McCarthy completed passes to 6 different receivers in the first half.
Considering his dazzling start, some fans are clamoring for the Heisman Trophy discussion to include Michigan’s QB. Coming out of Week 7, Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. was widely considered the current runaway player for the award and the leader in the Heisman odds.
Here’s what the reaction to McCarthy’s first half looks like:
How is JJ McCarthy not in the Heisman race? Or even a possible candidate.
— Luke Coon (@SpinalDragon983) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy needs to be in the Heisman conversation.
— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy needs to be mentioned in the Heisman race more often! He has been a model of consistency always making the right play! And he can slang that thing🏈
— nate (@nate_monigold28) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy for Heisman baby
— AJ (@lja_39) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy for Heisman
— CJ (@ceej_hudson) October 22, 2023
— Sharp (@sharpcutco) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy name gotta be mentioned for Heisman. He’s the best qb in college football.
— Patrick McGuire (@patrickdMcGuir2) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy for Heisman 😎🅿️
— KO🐙 (@SquidD_KO) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy for the Heisman pic.twitter.com/tjkBHZpNkT
— Wyatt Tomchek (@tomchekw) October 22, 2023
That weird ass Bowling Green doesn’t happen and JJ McCarthy is prolly leading the Heisman race.
— Terrence (@Terrbear2K24) October 22, 2023
With this first half on Big 10 Saturday Night, JJ McCarthy has moved to the consensus second choice behind Penix in Heisman odds. pic.twitter.com/G8Zwe6b4MS
— Stephen Andress (@StephenAndress1) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy for HEISMAN. Dude is putting on a clinic
— Dustin Bouck (@bouck_dustin) October 22, 2023
pat your chest if you’re the heisman trophy winner pic.twitter.com/89c7yrapRE
— will: JJ McCarthy Truther (@wrhiv_72) October 22, 2023
JJ McCarthy needs to be talked about more as a heisman finalist, has improved so much from the pocket and has the elite escapability to make plays off script. Easily the best quarterback Harbaugh has had at Michigan
— Cid Lucas (@CidLucas_FB) October 22, 2023