New Michigan QB Joe Milton could be a 'superstar,' Kirk Herbstreit says
ESPN’s lead college football analyst, Kirk Herbstreit, is excited to see what Joe Milton, the Michigan Wolverine’s new starting quarterback, can do.
Herbstreit went on Sportscenter Thursday morning and revealed some of his thoughts on Milton and Michigan and made it clear the ceiling for Milton could be sky high.
“I’m also anxious to see Michigan on Saturday. On the road at Michigan, Joe Milton I think has a chance to be a superstar. He has incredible depth in the backfield … there’s some optimism there internally.”
The Wolverines and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are going to play Saturday in Minneapolis with College Gameday in town to hype the game. The schools play for rights to the Little Brown Jug, the first and oldest rivalry trophy in the sport.
“We’ve seen a little bit of (Milton). He’s a big guy. He’s 6-foot-5, over 240 pounds, can move well enough,” Herbstreit said on of the CFB Podcast with Herbie, Pollack and Negandhi. “He ends up beating Dylan McCaffrey out, Christian McCaffrey’s younger brother. And Dylan McCaffrey is gone. He’s transferred. He’s no longer there. You’ve got Joe Milton, and there’s a lot about his game to like. Now they’ve lost a lot of receivers. Nico Collins opted out, Donovan Peoples-Jones is gone, Tarik Black is gone. You’ve got Ronnie Bell and a bunch of young guys.”
Back in the days when both programs competed for B1G and national championships, it was one of the league’s pre-eminent battles every fall. Those days may return again with the Gophers ascendant and Milton marking another new era for the Wolverines under head coach Jim Harbaugh, who has yet to meet the expectations set on his arrival back in 2015.