Jim Harbaugh: Cade McNamara is Michigan's QB1 ... for now

Published:Mar 8, 202420:06
Jim Harbaugh: Cade McNamara is Michigan's QB1 ... for now

By Laken Litman
FOX Sports activities Faculty Soccer Author

Jim Harbaugh would really like you to play into his quarterback battle thoughts video games and query what you suppose you understand about who will begin at Michigan in Week 1 towards Colorado State.

Final 12 months, Cade McNamara led Michigan to a win over Ohio State, a Huge Ten title and the Faculty Soccer Playoff. However he enters his senior season with the added stress of proving why he ought to maintain his job. That is as a result of sophomore J.J. McCarthy, a former five-star prospect who's recovering from a shoulder harm, had been broadly thought to overhaul McNamara as a real freshman, however it did not occur.

Whereas he is perhaps irritated by the fixed questioning and the truth that he hasn't formally locked up his spot, McNamara maturely answered questions on the subject at Huge Ten media days.

"I feel it doesn't matter what place you are in, for those who turn into complacent, you turn into susceptible," he mentioned. "I feel this entire, whole state of affairs has actually helped me in that sense that I've zero complacency as to what my state of affairs is and the place I'm on the depth chart. If something, I am getting higher and sooner than me simply sitting within the quarterback room comfortably."

In the meantime, Harbaugh made issues extra complicated.

"Cade McNamara goes to be actually robust to beat out for the beginning quarterback job," he mentioned. "J.J. McCarthy goes to be actually robust to beat out for the beginning quarterback job."

This prompted additional questioning about how McNamara has responded to coming into fall camp with out being informed he is the starter. 

"Who mentioned he wasn't coming into because the starter coming into fall camp?" Harbaugh mentioned. "I did not say he wasn't the starter."

So is he?

"Yeah, Cade is the beginning quarterback," Harbaugh mentioned. "After we line up, first follow, he'll be with the primary crew. Now, finally over coaching camp, J.J. will get the identical alternative that Cade will. They're each going to get a ton of reps, and there might be time for them to have that competitors and decide who the beginning quarterback is for the primary recreation."

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Harbaugh hopes the quarterback battle might be "aggressive, not combative" and laid out the factors that can decide who wins. This consists of which QB can lead the crew into the top zone. Harbaugh famous a number of occasions that McNamara did this on greater than 50% of his drives final season.

Caring for the soccer and limiting turnovers, playmaking skill and who performs greatest within the passing recreation are additionally issues he is analyzing. 

"Put the balls on the market on Aug. 3, and so they'll have at it," Harbaugh mentioned.

Laken Litman covers school soccer, school basketball and soccer for FOX Sports activities. She beforehand coated school soccer, school basketball, the U.S. Girls's Nationwide Soccer Group and the Olympics at Sports activities Illustrated, USA At this time and The Indianapolis Star. Her first e book, written in partnership with Rizzoli and Sports activities Illustrated and titled "Sturdy Like a Lady," was printed in spring 2022 marking the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX.

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