Joel Klatt remains bullish on JJ McCarthy as a potential Heisman Trophy competitor. After finishing 10th for the award this season, Klatt has McCarthy among his early frontrunners for the honor next season if the quarterback returns to Ann Arbor.

During an episode of The Joel Klatt Show, the broadcaster for FOX predicted next season to be “a great race” for the Heisman. He referenced what he believes is the coming of a golden age of college football with more veterans than ever staying in school.

“I think we could have a great race next season in so many ways. I really do. Again, this goes to what I’ve always talked about on this show,” said Klatt. “I think we’re entering into a golden age of college football where guys stay and we get more experienced QBs… So we’re going to have more guys playing at a high level.”

As for McCarthy, Klatt admitted it’s unclear if the QB will return to school or test the 2024 NFL Draft waters:

“We don’t know yet but possibly could stay in college football. I don’t know if JJ McCarthy is going to declare for the NFL,” Klatt explained. “I think a lot of it has to do with and will depend on how they do in the College Football Playoff.”

If McCarthy does return, Klatt expects Michigan to be a national title contender yet again. As the Wolverines win, it will help McCarthy’s case for the illustrious award.

“If he’s back, he’s going to be in the running for the Heisman Trophy. He’s the kind of guy that if Michigan continues to win, he will get kind of that career achievement style of narrative and momentum because you know his numbers are not going to be among the elites as it pertains to overall volume of production,” said Klatt.