Michigan OL talks development of QBs McNamara, McCarthy during spring practice
Michigan is trying to figure out this quarterback situation. Whether it’s Cade McNamara, J.J. McCarthy or maybe even a combination of the two, the Wolverines must get better play under center in 2021.
That’s one of the team’s main priorities this spring, as the Wolverines look to bounce back from a dreadful 2-4 season in 2020. With Joe Milton transferring, Michigan will have its third Game 1 starter in as many seasons when the year kicks off. McNamara played at the end of the season last year and McCarthy is the new kid on the block.
It’s an important spring for both quarterbacks.
So, how are things going for McNamara and McCarthy early during spring practice. Offensive lineman Andrew Stueber provided a brief look at the development of those two gunslingers.
Here’s the update Stueber had, per Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News:
UM OL Andrew Stueber said today QB Cade McNamara is "finally starting to take kind of a more commanding role." Also said J.J. McCarthy is "still learning the playbook, but he’s shown some really impressive stuff scrambling out of the pocket, making people miss"
— angelique (@chengelis) March 11, 2021
McNamara was a 4-star prospect out of high school and was able to step in for Milton late during the 2020 season, providing a spark in Michigan’s overtime win over Rutgers near the end of the season. He finished the year completing 43-of-71 passes for 425 yards and 5 touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown.
McCarthy is a 5-star newcomer to Ann Arbor and expected to challenge for the starting role immediately. Learning quickly is key to battling McNamara for the starting job, but it sounds like he’s fitting in just fine.
This will be one important battle to keep an eye on this spring and into the summer. It’ll also be one of the more interesting B1G competitions at the position heading into the 2021 season.