Skip to main content

Jim Harbaugh Addresses Michigan Football's Quarterback Competition

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines Football

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines Football

Jim Harbaugh has a big decision to make ahead of the 2022 season. J.J. McCarthy and Cade McNamara are battling for the team's starting quarterback position. 

Word on the street is McCarthy and McNamara are splitting first-team reps. But sooner or later, Harbaugh's going to have to pick one to start for his team. A decision could be nearing. 

Harbaugh told reporters he'd like to have the starting quarterback position figured out by practice eight or nine. But he also acknowledged it could take a bit longer. 

"It could come eight, nine practices in," he said. "In the past, that's kind of when you want to check. If it's clear at that point then we could have a true starter. But it may not. It may go past that, because they're very close."

He added, "We'll see how it goes. There could be a clear starter by the first game, and then that's the way we'll play it. They're both really good; I know that's a good thing for our team."

Cade McNamara started the 2021 season for the Wolverines. He completed 64.2 percent of his throws for 2,576 yards and 15 touchdowns with six picks. 

J.J. McCarthy is expected to be the school's starting quarterback at some point, though. The former five-star recruit had 516 yards and five touchdowns with two picks last year. 

Harbaugh is getting closer to making his decision. Will it be the five star or the veteran?