Michigan football’s Jim Harbaugh speaks to the media on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Ann Arbor.
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Michigan backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey is, per Jim Harbaugh, “probably” done for the season with a broken collarbone, which opens up a new spot on the depth chart.
Harbaugh said Monday that both third-year sophomore Brandon Peters and true freshman Joe Milton will compete for the backup job this week in practice.
After McCaffrey went down with a broken collarbone in the final minute against Penn State on Saturday, Michigan inserted Peters for the final snap.
However, the Wolverines would like to be able to keep Milton’s redshirt this season if possible. He’s played in one game this season and has three more under the NCAA’s new redshirt rule.
“We’ll see this week,” Harbaugh said when asked who the new backup quarterback is. “Brandon and Joe will compete for that spot.”
Peters, of course, has more experience as he started four games with six total appearances in 2017 as a redshirt freshman. He threw for 672 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions last season.
He began the year in competition with McCaffrey for the team’s No. 2 spot behind Shea Patterson. Peters lost ground due to an injury and then was bumped fully to No. 3 after McCaffrey’s play continued to improve in the backup role.
Michigan has a road game at Rutgers and a home game vs. Indiana over the next two weeks before playing at Ohio State to close the regular season.
Milton, a 6-foot-5, 234-pounder from Florida, played in the Wisconsin game this season. He ran the ball two times for 22 yards.
Michigan’s current plan is to keep Milton’s redshirt if it can. But, if Milton’s needed, Harbaugh seems ready to play him.
“I think we’re on schedule for (his redshirt), he’s participated in one game, he can play in three more games and still have the redshirt,” Harbaugh said. “We’d like to (keep his redshirt). Don’t know if we’ll be able to (but we’d like to).”
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