Scary trend: Jim Harbaugh has a serious problem keeping starting QBs at Michigan
It looks like another former starting quarterback under Jim Harbaugh is leaving Michigan with Joe Milton announcing his decision to hit the transfer portal on Thursday.
Milton’s 2020 season was an intriguing one after he entered the year as the starter. He was phenomenal in the win over Minnesota and had some flashes in losses to Michigan State and Indiana, but he was inconsistent the rest of the way.
Entering 2021, the Wolverines were set for a quarterback battle between Milton, Cade McNamara, and incoming freshman J.J. McCarthy. That battle will still go on, but it looks like Milton will not be involved.
According to Jason Starrett with The Athletic, if Milton does indeed transfer, he would join Wilton Speight and Brandon Peters as former QB starters under Harbaugh to transfer out of Ann Arbor. By contrast, Ohio State has not had any such issues over the past 50 years. Harbaugh is entering year six at Michigan.
Joe Milton would be the 3rd QB to start at Michigan under Jim Harbaugh and later transfer, joining Wilton Speight and Brandon Peters.
Ohio State has had 1 such QB transfer in the last 50 years (Austin Moherman in 1999). https://t.co/MnhgmPJT9h
— Jason Starrett (@starrettjason) February 18, 2021
Speight played for the Wolverines from 2015-17 before transferring to UCLA for one season to finish his career. He threw for over 3,000 yards during his time at Michigan.
Peters played with the Wolverines from 2017-18, splitting time with Speight and John O’Korn as a freshman in 2017. He threw for 680 yards at Michigan before transferring to Illinois.
While some may point to talent issues among Milton, Speight, and Peters, it only magnifies the issues Harbaugh has faced in terms of developing an elite quarterback in Ann Arbor. Hopefully, he can turn that around in 2021.