Will JJ McCarthy or Cade McNamara start at QB for Michigan?

Michigan could go several weeks without naming a starting QB.

Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy continue to battle for the QB1 role in Ann Arbor, and with Michigan’s season starting just 10 days away, fans are eagerly waiting for coach Jim Harbaugh to make a decision.

He previously said he might not name a Week 1 starter, and now it looks like there’s a real chance he won’t name a starting QB in October or later.

Will Cade McNamara start at QB for Michigan? (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“I would say it’s still neck and neck. You probably won’t see a starter for the first game. You probably won’t see it in the second game (either). You might not see any of them until Game 6. That’s how competitive they are right now. We will see. Even I’m not sure,” Mike Sainristil, DB of Michigan, told the media Tuesday, according to MLive.com.

Cade McNamara is battling JJ McCarthy for the role of QB1 in Ann Arbor. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Michigan’s QB battle is one of the most compelling in the nation. Cade McNamara led Michigan to a 12-2 record, a Big Ten championship and a college football playoff appearance in 2021.

He’s not a great athlete or star passer, but he is the definition of a brilliant game director. It doesn’t make mistakes and can do just about anything you need.

Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy are battling for the starting QB role in Ann Arbor. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

Last year, he threw for 2,576 yards, 15 touchdowns and just six interceptions. His numbers weren’t mind-blowing, but his consistency and consistency proved huge for the Wolverines throughout the stretch.

On the other hand, JJ McCarthy had much more limited action last season and finished the year with 512 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. However, he is an exceptional athlete and the ceiling is much higher with him under the center.

Harbaugh must decide if he wants to roll with the solid manager of the game that won him 12 seasons last year or if he wants to go for the much younger and riskier option with more upside.

Can JJ McCarthy win the starting QB job for the Wolverines? (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

It’s not a bad position. Both are more than capable of playing, and it looks like Harbaugh has every intention of taking his time.

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