Joe Milton remains a backup quarterback for the Wolverines, but it’s entirely possible he has the strongest arm on the roster.
Milton arrived in Ann Arbor as a member of Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class and the No. 9 rated pro-style QB in the nation. Though he has not seen a lot of playing time, he did get into the win against Rutgers. Milton went 3-for-4 with 59 yards and two total touchdowns against the Scarlet Knights.
The big draw for Milton is his cannon of an arm. It has drawn some rave reviews from his teammates, and there’s no denying he has a high-caliber arm. He was asked about his arm following practice Tuesday, and Milton admitted he’s always been able to spin it pretty far.
“I always knew I could throw far, but when I was younger I never had the accuracy to throw that much,” explained Milton. “The first time I threw 85 (yards) I was shocked for myself. I never knew I could throw the ball that far. I threw 76 without warming up.”
With one follow-up question, Milton was asked if his throws were effortless. He admitted he just has to let it go:
“I kind of just throw it. If I think about it too much then it won’t go that far,” said Milton.
Angelique Chengelis with the Detroit News shared the video of Milton’s comments:
Joe Milton on …..his arm pic.twitter.com/2vbYTzbMJd
— angelique (@chengelis) October 8, 2019
With starter Shea Patterson leaving after this season, it will be interesting to see how the position shapes up for the Wolverines in 2020. Dylan McCaffrey was the first QB off the bench earlier in the year, but he continues to deal with an injury from the Wisconsin game. Even if McCaffrey wins the job in 2020, having Milton around as a talented backup will be crucial.