Michigan QB JJ McCarthy leads all passers in one key stat
Sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy has been great for the Michigan Wolverines ever since he took the starting job from the incumbent, Cade McNamara.
The Wolverines are 4-0 and ranked No. 4 in all of college football. McNamara started Michigan’s first game in what was sold as a “rotating start” quarterback system by Jim Harbaugh. McCarthy got the start in Week 2 and never gave it back. That’s not surprising considering his pedigree. He is a former 5-star quarterback, after all.
It’s also not surprising considering his level of play. In fact, when he’s got a clean pocket, statistically — he’s the best quarterback in the country right now.
J.J. McCarthy: 146.8 Passer Rating from a clean pocket
Ranks 1st among Power 5 QBs😤 pic.twitter.com/emrAr3evrM
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 27, 2022
No quarterback is guaranteed a clean pocket, of course, so this isn’t the best metric of quarterback ability amongst power five gunslingers. Still, it’s impressive to see what McCarthy is doing as a young quarterback nonetheless.
McCarthy has thrown for 693 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions so far this season. He’s also rushed 12 times for 78 yards and a touchdown.