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Michigan football tight end has major praise for the quarterback room

A veteran Michigan football tight end has high praise for the Wolverines’ quarterback room.



Michigan football, Matthew Hibner, JJ McCarthy
Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This fall, the difference between the Wolverines pushing for a third-straight Big Ten title and falling short will be the quarterback room. Following the spring game on April 1st, Michigan football tight end Matthew Hibner chimed in on how this year’s quarterbacks are progressing thus far, heading into what could be a massive season for the Maize and Blue.

Michigan football quarterback room is looking good, according to veteran tight end

JJ McCarthy spearheads this year’s quarterback room, which is a huge momentum builder for the Wolverines. The last time Michigan football had a legitimate returning starting quarterback was in 2018-2019 when Shea Patterson was under center for the Maize and Blue, leading his Wolverines to a 19-7 overall record in those years. McCarthy, a former five-star prospect who proved to be every bit as talented as the experts thought during his 2022 campaign, is likely in store for bigger and better things this fall.

A season ago, JJ McCarthy led the Wolverines to an impeccable 13-1 season (10-0 Big Ten) that concluded with a Big Ten title, a College Football Playoff appearance, and a top 3 finish for the Maize and Blue. Despite not being Michigan’s Week 1 starter, McCarthy still came close to the Wolverines’ single-season passing touchdowns record (25), throwing for 22 touchdowns and five interceptions throughout the year.

Behind JJ are a few more talented passers — namely transfer portal addition Jack Tuttle from Indiana. Additionally, Davis Warren and others are also noted performers for the Maize and Blue, making this year’s quarterback room as dangerous as ever.

Matthew Hibner has high praise for JJ McCarthy and the quarterbacks

According to Michigan football tight end Matthew Hibner, the Wolverines’ QB room is coming along well thus far.

“Yeah, the quarterback room is complete,” Matthew Hibner said following the 2023 Michigan football spring game on April 1st. “Those guys all come into practice and make plays, they all, I mean it’s almost like you run routes and you can’t even tell who’s throwing the ball because it’s all the same. You know, I trust all of these guys, you know, if any of those guys are in the game, I believe 100% they’re going to play to a high level.”

As the Wolverines pursue a third-straight Big Ten championship and the program’s first national title in nearly 30 years, Michigan football must rely on its stellar quarterback room to lead the way.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.