Looking at Michigan's Backup Quarterback Situation

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Looking at Michigan's Backup Quarterback Situation

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Looking at Michigan's Backup Quarterback Situation

Before quarterback Shea Patterson transferred to Michigan, the quarterback job was between Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey, and Joe Milton. While the coaches talked about how the competition was close and it was anyone’s race, to no surprise Patterson won the starting job.

Who is behind Patterson though?

Assistant Head Coach Pep Hamilton told reporters today he isn’t quite sure.

“I don’t know, we don’t have a depth chart yet. Coach Harbaugh would decide.”

The thing is though, there are reports out there that say Peters is the backup, while McCaffrey is third string, Milton as fourth (and will likely redshirt).

Now things can certainly change every day, and maybe Hamilton doesn’t know about Harbaugh telling people at the luncheon who the backup and third string were, but odds are the backup is Brandon Peters.

Last year Peters came in for John O’Korn who was struggling throughout the season in 2017,  the latter of whom replaced Wilton Speight, who suffered a back injury against Purdue that forced him to miss the rest of the 2017 season.

Peters did well in his time played at quarterback, showing some signs of growth, but also signs of a young quarterback making simple mistakes. He also deatl with some injuries last season, forcing him to miss the Ohio State game. He finished last year going 57 of 108 for 672 yards with four touchdowns to two interceptions.

Peters deserves the backup role if he still has continued to progress, but McCaffrey should be on watch should injuries mount like last season. He might get a shot to play, just like Peters did last year.

It goes to show you that even if you are the third-string coming into Week One of the season, that could all change very quickly. If Patterson declares for the draft after this season as well, McCaffrey could compete with Milton and Peters for that same starting gig as they had done before Patterson showed up.

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