ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Michigan football has concluded fall camp and game week has finally arrived.
Jim Harbaugh met the media on Monday afternoon and discussed why he chose to start Cade McNamara at quarterback against Colorado State while naming JJ McCarthy the starter against Hawaii. The Michigan coach also discussed the team’s depth chart and preparations for the 2022 season.
Here’s everything Harbaugh said:
Opening statement, starting with a congratulations to outgoing softball coach Carol Hutchins:
I think the most winning softball coach in the world is known. It’s great that her legacy will continue under Bonnie and her team, and great to have another Michigan alum coaching a Michigan team. But I can’t talk enough about Carol – the winning coach in history, 22 Big Ten championships, and so on. I know she will still be there. Just a nice colleague. And we love her. Go blue.
Camp has been good. We are excited to start the season. The camp is over, it’s game week now. Really give a lot of credit to our players, the kind of shape they came in, the way our coaches evolved – strength coaches, assistant coaches. Very, very, very healthy schedule too, and excited to get them done this week.
We named the starting quarterback: Cade McNamara the first game begins. JJ McCarthy starts the second. We will put the depth chart on the other positions as well. So we’re ready to roll.
On how long he’s willing to let the QB uncertainty go:
It’s a process. It’s a process. I mean, nobody – it’s biblical. Nobody knows what the future holds. It is a process and will be based on performance. But we’re not going to hold back anything good. Both were great quarterbacks. We think they are both capable of leading our team to a championship. So that’s good. We continue to cultivate that.
People have asked, ‘How did you come to that decision? Was it based on some kind of NFL model?’ No. It’s really biblical: Solomon. He was known as a beautiful, quite wise person.
About how transfer edge Eyabi Anoma looks in practice:
Very good. Graduate transfer. Eyabi Anoma practiced with the team for about 10 days, 12 days, something like that. He’s been really good. He’s been a great teammate and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do next season. He will hopefully play right away in the first game and show some excellent assets that he can bring to the team.
If it’s a good thing neither QB came out as the downright best:
I can’t help but see it as a good thing. They’re actually both playing their best football since they’ve been here. Cade is arguably one of the team’s most improved players. He plays his best football. JJ didn’t have spring training, but he has moved up to where he is based on his performance. That’s a very, very good thing. There is no relegation for Cade McNamara. He plays his best football. It’s a promotion for JJ, based on whatever he’s been able to do.
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