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Michigan football QB JJ McCarthy outlines receiver depth during fall camp

Michigan football has a lot of new faces out wide this fall.



Michigan football, JJ McCarthy, fall camp, Tyler Morris
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Last year, the Wolverines’ offense relied on senior wide receiver Ronnie Bell more often than not. However, with Bell’s departure to the NFL, Michigan football QB JJ McCarthy needs to find a new WR1 in 2023 — something that the Maize and Blue have been diligently working on. At this point in fall camp, it appears that returning starters Cornelius Johnson and Roman Wilson are Michigan’s top two pass catchers for the upcoming season, though Tyler Morris and other rising stars are also making a positive impression thus far.

Michigan football QB JJ McCarthy breaks down what he has seen and likes with the wide receivers during fall camp

Earlier today, Michigan football held its first session of fall camp media availability, during which several players addressed the press. Among them was quarterback JJ McCarthy, who is entering his second season as the Wolverines’ full-time starting QB.

During today’s media session, JJ McCarthy provided insights into this year’s wide receiving corps — notably, he emphasized the performance of sophomore Tyler Morris, a former high school teammate of McCarthy’s, who garnered significant praise.

“Tyler Morris, he’s gonna make a big name for himself this year,” Michigan football QB JJ McCarthy said today during the Wolverines’ first fall camp media session. “I’ve had that connection built since my sophomore year in high school. He’s gonna do great things. But also Peyton O’Leary, Darrius Clemons, the young bucks Fredick Moore, Semaj Morgan, Karmello English, all those guys are showing up on tape.

“They’re doing a great job, coach Bell (Ron Bellamy) is doing a great job coaching them up, same with coach (Andrew) Goodrich. It’s just been a lot of fun seeing those guys mold into their own.”

While Tyler Morris received considerable praise from JJ McCarthy today, other breakout players such as Peyton O’Leary have also displayed signs of excellence. O’Leary notably stood out as perhaps the top offensive player during the Michigan football spring game a few months ago on April 1st.

Although many of the Wolverines’ wide receivers this year are relatively new additions, it is evident that Michigan football, along with junior quarterback JJ McCarthy, boasts a strong receiving corps. This bodes well for the Michigan offense as they aim to progress to the next level and break through the program’s glass ceiling, which has held the team back from a national title game berth in consecutive seasons.

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