Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh talked about his quarterbacks Monday and gave an update on backup Dylan McCaffrey.
Of course, it’s always fascinating when Harbaugh talks because you never really know what he is going to say. He might say something that is really interesting or he might talk about milk steak. You really just never know.
Here is what the coach said to a group of reporters about the return of his starting quarterback for 2019:
“It’s a big lift. I’m excited about it. Start making you think – we have a lot of really good players coming back next year. A lot of good people. A lot of good players, coaches that will be returning next year.”
While it was good to hear how excited Harbaugh is about the return of Patterson, the tidbit that also grabbed my attention was what he said about Dylan McCaffrey, one of the Wolverines other marquee quarterbacks.
As you might know, McCaffrey broke his collarbone in the Wolverines win over Penn State. Michigan doesn’t talk much about injuries and it didn’t seem too serious, but Monday, Harbaugh revealed that McCaffrey is starting to participate in practice again, although on a very limited basis.
According to Harbaugh, McCaffrey can throw the football and even though he certainly isn’t taking part in any contact stuff, it’s good to hear that he’s throwing again. The reason is spring football.
McCaffrey’s health would have been a much bigger deal if Patterson hadn’t announced his decision to return, but you still want to see the young quarterback heal up quickly. It will be interesting to see if he can continue his development and even push Patterson this spring.
It would take a lot for McCaffrey to have a chance to unseat Patterson, however, he is also competing with at least Joe Milton for the backup job. That may not seem as important, but whoever wins the No. 2 job next season could be the favorite to start in 2020.
Mainly, you don’t want to see McCaffrey get passed on the depth chart because of injury and since he is practicing now, he should be a full-go when spring practice rolls around, which is positive news for Michigan football fans.