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Michigan football finding a QB in transfer portal is wishful thinking

Michigan football could use a proven starter, sure. But the chances of one entering the transfer portal are slim to none.



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There has been a lot of chatter about how Michigan football needs to find a quarterback in the transfer portal. The play of the quarterbacks has been inconsistent this spring, although playing the U-M defense doesn’t help.

Lots of quarterbacks are going to have a tough time against the Michgan defense. The defensive line might be the best in college football. Quarterback is a concern though. It has been since J.J. McCarthy declared for the NFL draft.

Most teams that needed a quarterback found a starter in the winter. So not many teams need a starting quarterback in the power four, but the problem is that not many starting-caliber quarterbacks will be available, if any.

Transfer portal market won’t be hot and heavy

As it stands right now, there isn’t a quarterback worth adding. April 16th is when the spring window opens but according to Matt Zenitz of 247 Sports, there isn’t going to be a “hot” quarterback market.

This is something I’ve been saying. Maybe one of the Ohio State quarterbacks will enter the portal. Maybe there will be someone for Georgia or Alabama. If a former four-star recruit enters the portal, that would be worth looking at.

But I doubt that a proven player will fall into the lap of the Wolverines. Players who are proven starters rarely leave their program. And if the player isn’t a proven quarterback like say Sam Hartman, is it even worth it?

You don’t need to throw another unknown into the mix. Alex Orji is a talented runner. He’s got a strong arm too, just needs to be more consistent. There is still hope for Jack Tuttle. He’s been out due to injury this spring but he knows the offense and I’ve felt he could be a Cade McNamara replica of 2021.

Tuttle completed 88 percent of his passes in limited action last season. But he’s started and played Big Ten football before. Tuttle can manage the game, while Orji can help provide a spark. That could be the ideal scenario for Michigan football because the idea of landing a sure-fire starter in the portal is probably wishful thinking.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided where he has covered the Michigan Wolverines since 2016. With family ties to Detroit, Chris has been a Wolverines diehard since the day he was born and attacks every blog with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. Chris is also a Heisman Trophy voter.