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Roman Wilson breaks down how JJ McCarthy is getting better this offseason

Michigan’s senior wide receiver clearly loves what JJ McCarthy brings to the table for Michigan football.



Roman Wilson
Nov 19, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Roman Wilson (14) is tackled by Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Xavier Scott (14) in the second half at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, MI — Finally, after months of waiting, the 2023 college football season is fast approaching. Right now, we are in the middle of Michigan football’s spring practices, which lead up to the Wolverines’ spring game on the first day of April. Ahead of Michigan’s spring game, senior wide receiver Roman Wilson was asked about his rising junior quarterback, JJ McCarthy, who is coming off of his first year as Michigan’s starter in 2022.

Wilson had plenty to say about McCarthy, a former five-star recruit, ahead of the Wolverines’ new campaign this fall.

Roman Wilson speaks on how JJ McCarthy is improving heading into 2023

Since 2021, Wilson has seen action from two starting QBs with different styles. The conservative Cade McNamara was replaced just a game into the 2022 season — we all knew it was only a matter of time before the flashy, play-making JJ McCarthy overcame McNamara as Michigan’s starter. Now, heading into his second year as Michigan’s offensive leader, McCarthy is looking to develop into an elite passer and help lead his team to a national title.

Here is what senior wide out Roman Wilson had to say about his quarterback during spring ball:

“I feel like we definitely communicate more,” Wilson told the media. “Just watching him this spring he looks a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident. He’s making a lot of big time plays, big time throws. He looks a lot better right now than he did last spring.”

“Tremendous physical ability and athletic ability in every single way that you would want your quarterback. The rare thing is that he would sacrifice anything for any player on this team. Personally, he’s just so willing to do whatever is best for the team. I would follow him anywhere happily. I suggest that all players on our team do the same thing. He’s just really, really good at it. As far as anything you tell him, any coaching point that you give, he just absorbs it and will make the correction immediately. It’s tremendous.”

“I’ve always been pretty comfortable with him as a passer, as a person, as a leader and everything,” Wilson said. “Over time you build a better chemistry and understanding for a person. Kind of both what him and what other people are thinking at the same time.”

Is JJ McCarthy a Heisman-caliber player?

Michigan’s rising junior quarterback is already top 15 in the 2023 Heisman Trophy odds, and after showing loads of potential a season ago, McCarthy has high expectations this fall. If McCarthy can start the 2023 season the way he ended 2022, the Michigan Wolverines will be the most dangerous program in the nation this year — with an elite running game, elite passing attack, incredible offensive line, and a stingy defense, Michigan football is gearing up for another playoff run this fall.

Still, Roman Wilson and the Michigan offense will need to go out and do what the Wolverines have bene doing for the past two seasons: tune out the noise and prove that Michigan football is back to where it is supposed to be.

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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. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.