In 2022, J.J. McCarthy finally got an opportunity to start meaningful games and show the world what he was fully capable of. Towards the end of the season, running back Blake Corum got injured, forcing McCarthy to air the ball out and display his true arm talent to Wolverine fans. For the upcoming season, Michigan football quarterback Davis Warren thinks J.J. McCarthy will be better than ever.
Michigan football quarterback Davis Warren gives high praise to J.J. McCarthy for the 2023 season
Warren joined the Wolverines as a walk-on but worked his way up the depth chart to eventually become the backup quarterback to J.J. McCarthy in 2022. For the upcoming season, Warren will have some veteran competition for the QB2 position with transfer acquisition Jack Tuttle entering the mix.
Regardless of Warrens’s position on the depth chart, he plays a crucial part in the Wolverine quarterback room and offers some great insight into the development of J.J. McCarthy this spring. Here is what Warren had to say about McCarthy.
“[McCarthy is] just playing on time, playing in rhythm, taking what’s given to him, not forcing things, and just being surgical. That’s the best way to describe it, just like, knows where he’s going with the football, super decisive with it. That’s really impressed me, and kind of think some credit goes to coach Campbell, who’s done a really good job of helping us play on time and play in rhythm and I think that’s the biggest thing going into the year is just, if we keep doing what we’re doing I think the QB’s as a whole had a really good spring, and just keep doing what we’re doing every week… it’s gonna be scary.”
McCarthy will enter the season as a top 10 Heisman Trophy candidate
Any time a quarterback can lead a team to the College Football Playoff, their name will be tossed around in the Heisman conversation. While McCarthy might not have put up big-time numbers in 2022, his ability to run a successful football team and win games continues to impress.
Much of the reason McCarthy lacks the stats of other Heisman quarterbacks is because of Michigan’s run-heavy offense. However, Harbaugh has expressed in the past how he hopes for 2023 to have a more balanced approach between passing and running.
With McCarthy passing more frequently, he could put up big-time numbers this season. If the Wolverines make another playoff run and finally win a bowl game, McCarthy could become one of the top names in Heisman contention for 2023.
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