Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh asks more questions on Monday, July 23, 2018, at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago.
Nick Baumgardner, Freep
CHICAGO – If you are looking for Jim Harbaugh of Michigan to crown a starting quarterback, you have to wait.
How long? We will see.
"If someone really proves that they are the type, if we can all see, it can happen sooner, it can happen later." Harbaugh said Monday during the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. "It would be good if it happened sooner."
Long story short, it has not changed much.
The top name in Michigan off-season was without question Quarter Transfer Shea Patterson. That was true from his interest in U-M in December until his fight with the NCAA and Ole Miss over the immediate transfer entitlement to what he might do for the Wolverines offensive this season.
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Harbaugh does not speak publicly about any of these things. He sees Patterson as just a quarterback in a room of several potential starters.
Patterson, with 10 career starts, has more experience than any scholarship quarterback combined on Michigan Roster. He competed with third-grader student Brandon Peters, Redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and right freshman Joe Milton in a spring ball. He will do it again when the fall camp opens in Ann Arbor on August 3, and his main task will be to be the best player of his position on this team.
Nothing else matters to Harbaugh.
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"The players have really good antennas." Her first question is: Is he Shea is about the team, I think the guys saw that very quickly, and then the next one is, "Who's the best?" "Harbaugh said. "Who will be the best quarterback? We will roll the balls out there, they will compete and we will all see it, we will not have to vote later, the vote will take place." because we will see it while it is taking place.
"He must be the best quarterback (in this team) to be (our) quarterback."
Improving Quarterback Position Should Not Be Large The Michigan quarterbacks combined only nine touchdown passes in 2017 – the lowest number registered since 1975.
Shea Patterson enters the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, December 9, 2017. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
There were injury concerns there Both Wilton Speight and Peters were hospitalized after botched passport protection schemes were also inconsistencies, as John O. Korn made a promising backup against Purdue in late September for the Nightma two weeks later in a three-monitor performance against Michigan State ,
Harbaugh made every effort to promote every quarterback in this offseason.
On Monday, he named McCaffrey the best-made passers-by on the team. He said Peters had got better and better in the spring. He sees a very bright future for Milton.
But Patterson, in the eyes of most external observers, is the clear favorite to win this job. He lost 4-6 in his early days at Ole Miss, including 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions with five fumbles lost last season.
UM's offensive stagnated last season for a variety of reasons, but the absence of a playmaker under Patterson is able to avoid the first wave of pressure when fighting an offensive line. But it is also known that he gets into bags and more trouble than necessary.
Peters and McCaffrey know the system better, but Patterson has more evidence on tape. In any case, U-M and Patterson need to adjust their tendencies to get the best results.
"I like where we are as a group," Harbaugh said more than once.
"Overall, I believe the position will be a much better position, and I think the starter will, too," he said. "It's good."
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