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How Michigan should approach their backup QB situation

Embedded above is Steve Lorenz of 247Sports speaking with Kevin Boilard of the national 247Sports team regarding Michigan’s backup quarterback situation after the collarbone injury to Dylan McCaffrey in last Saturday’s victory over Penn State.

Right now, the Wolverines have two players in a potential position to take snaps in one-time starter Brandon Peters and true freshman Joe Milton. Both have seen action in one game so far this season.

McCaffrey’s injury comes at a pivotal point in Michigan’s season as they appear to look like a national contender. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said the Colorado native is very unlikely to return this season. Michigan does have the benefit of the new redshirt rule, meaning Milton is an intriguing option to give some snaps in lieu of Shea Patterson, especially when you consider the Wolverines will be heavy favorites in each of their next two games.

“I think we’re on schedule for that,” Harbaugh said regarding Milton and a redshirt. “He’s played in one game so he’s eligible to play in three more games and still have a redshirt. I imagine the answer [to whether postseason factors into Milton’s redshirt] would be that it doesn’t matter whether it’s a 12-game season, a 13-game or beyond that, it still counts and four games. Something to be addressed and asked. You could make the argument that more games the team plays that it should be a percentage compared to a set game amount. Don’t know if anybody has thought of that.”

The Wolverines play Rutgers on Saturday in Piscataway. They are favored by 39 points according to VegasInsider.com

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