Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has a quarterback rotation that some would call unconventional. He calls it biblical, but that’s a different story.

Either way, a week after senior Cade McNamara led the Wolverines to a 51-7 win over Colorado State, sophomore J.J. McCarthy will get the start in No. 4 Michigan’s Week 2 game against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors.

That’s it. That’s Harbaugh’s plan. He’ll switch out the two quarterbacks until, presumably, he figures out who can lead the team through the meat of the Big Ten schedule.

While that does allow each quarterback a chance to play, shine, and make their own case on the field, it’s certainly unconventional as far as roster continuity is concerned. One also has to wonder if this ongoing quarterback competition will impact either quarterback’s rhythm or confidence.

Still, at the very least, that doesn’t seem to bother McCarthy. He seems to be ever confident heading into his first start of the season.

In fact, he even feels he has something to prove. That is, according to Alejandro Zúñiga of 247Sports.

McCarthy is a former 5-star recruit, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was the No. 5 quarterback overall in the 2021 college football recruiting class.
Though he didn’t start a game last season, McCarthy did appear in 11 games, completing 34-of-59 passes for 516 yards and five touchdowns (with two interceptions). He also rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.