ATLANTA — It took nearly seven weeks, but Dylan McCaffrey is starting to get back into the swing of things.
Michigan’s backup quarterback is throwing the football again, among other “things,” after suffering a broken collarbone in its Nov. 3 win over Penn State.
He still is not yet full-go in practice, nor is he expected to be available on Saturday vs. Florida in the Peach Bowl (noon, ESPN), but signs continue to point toward a healthy recovery.
“He’s starting to do some things, yeah,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday. “He’s about seven weeks now into healing, and he can throw the ball now. He is starting to do some things at practice, as well.”
McCaffrey moved his way up the depth chart in his redshirt freshman season, from No. 3 to No. 2, completing 8 of his 15 pass attempts for 126 yards and two touchdowns in six games.
By comparison, redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters only appeared in four games, completing 1 of his 2 pass attempts (the other was for an interception) for 8 yards. True freshman Joe Milton, in three games, is 2 of 3 for 45 yards and an interception.
With Shea Patterson opting to return in 2019, the 6-foot-5, 217-pound McCaffrey figures to compete for the starting job in spring practice and fall camp, but will likely be relegated to backup duties again.
As for the bowl game on Saturday, Harbaugh declined to say who would serve as Patterson’s backup, only that Peters, Milton and walk-on Michael Sessa are all practicing and on the roster. Milton can play in a fourth game and still preserve his redshirt.
“They’re all available,” Harbaugh said. “They’re all an option. Especially Joe and Brandon.”
AND, ONE MORE: You can add Max Wittwer, a preferred walk-on from Utica, to the list of quarterbacks who will be available to Michigan in the spring. Wittwer, after coming in as a member of Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class, sat out all season recovering from an ACL injury.
“(He’s) starting to practice,” Harbaugh said of Wittwer, who’s listed at 6-feet-2 and 185 pounds.