Michigan Wolverines to decide starting QB after Cade McNamara, J.J. McCarthy each start one game

Michigan has seen last season’s starter Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy locked in a quarterback fight all offseason. On Saturday, Jim Harbaugh announced that the battle was settled, so to speak.

In a statement, Harbaugh said McNamara will start the first game of the season against Colorado State and McCarthy will start the second game of the season against Hawai’i, and a decision on the permanent starter will be made after week two.

“Both quarterbacks played great, doing everything they could and in every way to win the seed,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “Coming out of camp, I just feel like we have two quarterbacks, Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy, and we have a lot of confidence that we can win a championship with either of those two behind center.”

McNamara helped lead Michigan to its first Big Ten championship under Harbaugh in 2021 and its first appearance in the college football playoffs. He threw for 2,576 yards, 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 2021 as Michigan went 12-2.

McCarthy has been strayed on offense in certain situations throughout 2021, throwing 59 times for 516 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. McCarthy also had 124 rush yards and two touchdowns on the ground while appearing in 11 games in his freshman season.

The Wolverines are entering the season with a new offensive coordinator after Josh Gattis took the same position in Miami. The position was filled by Matt Weiss, who was previously the quarterbacks coach, and Sherrone Moore as co-coordinators.

The quarterback fight is still undecided, but plans for Michigan and Harbaugh have it fought on the field.

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Emma Bowman

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