Kirk Herbstreit on Michigan QB Joe Milton: 'There's a lot about his game to like'
Let the Joe Milton era begin in Michigan.
Milton, a 4-star recruit coming out of high school back in 2018, is the starting quarterback for the Wolverines this fall. B1G football is back and Michigan will be led by Milton in just a few days against Minnesota.
It’s a big time game. And it’s a big time spot for Milton to shine in his first start.
Will he live up to it? Well, there are plenty of questions surrounding that, as well as oodles of pressure. If it doesn’t work out, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh may take the majority of the blame. If it does work, Milton will get credit. Quarterbacks always do.
Milton has the tools to be successful, and there’s a reason why he was the No. 9 rated pro-style QB coming out of high school.
Kirk Herbstreit talked about Milton and what he brings to the table on the latest CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi Show:
“We’ve seen a little bit of (Joe Milton). He’s a big guy. He’s 6-foot-5, over 240 pounds, can move well enough,” Herbstreit said. “He ends up beating Dylan McCaffrey out, Christian McCaffrey’s younger brother. And Dylan McCaffrey is gone. He’s transferred. He’s no longer there. You’ve got Joe Milton, and there’s a lot about his game to like. Now they’ve lost a lot of receivers. Nico Collins opted out, Donovan Peoples-Jones is gone, Tarik Black is gone. You’ve got Ronnie Bell and a bunch of young guys. They play at Minnesota this week.
“There’s a lot of question marks there,” Herbstreit said. “If Joe Milton ends up becoming the guy, everybody wants to wonder why Jim Harbaugh hasn’t been able to get over the hump, to me, it’s that position. They’re okay everywhere else for Harbaugh but that position has been ‘okay.’ I want to see if Milton, at 6-foot-5, 243, runs a 4.6, can he make good decisions? Can he run? Can he throw? He could be an X-factor and a guy a couple weeks in that we start talking about.”
Michigan — and B1G — fans will get to see Milton and the Wolverines on full display against Minnesota starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 24 in Minneapolis.