One thing Michigan hoped to find out during spring practice was which quarterback would be the favorite to take over under center for the program in 2020. Unfortunately, the team will have to wait until the summer or fall to make that decision.
Shea Patterson is gone after being the starter in Ann Arbor for the last two seasons. Dylan McCaffrey, Joe Milton and Cade McNamara are the three names who are battling for the starting job come this fall. None of them are currently in the lead to take the No. 1 spot on the depth chart.
“We got to get the reps, we got to get the battle going to figure out who’s going to be our quarterback,” Gattis said during a Zoom conference, according to The Detroit News. “They’re all even. They’re all dead even. There’s nobody out front, there’s nobody left behind. Each guy is different. Each guy has a different strength and a different weakness than the other guys, and so it’s a really interesting battle because we’ve got to be able to decide who’s going to give us the best opportunity to win games.”
Both McCaffrey and Milton saw time on the field last season, but in limited roles behind Patterson. McCaffrey played in seven games, completing 10-of-20 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown and also rushed 13 times for 67 yards and a score. Milton also accounted for one passing and one rushing touchdown, but completed just 3-of-7 attempts for 59 yards. He also threw an interception.
Michigan is looking to find another big playmaker under center moving forward. Both McCaffrey and Milton have shown flashes of that capability but haven’t been on the field enough to demonstrate if they can do it consistently. McNamara is the fresh face of the bunch, but is expected to compete.
It’s a good problem to have in Ann Arbor, as all three are solid options to replace Patterson in 2020.