ESPN: 'Outstanding' depth gives Michigan one of best quarterback situations in country

The Detroit News

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said at Big Ten media days this month he can see quarterbacks Shea Patterson and Dylan McCaffrey playing in every game this season.

Patterson started every game last season — his first in Ann Arbor after transferring from Ole Miss — but McCaffrey had his moments last season, too, completing 8 of 15 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in six games before his season ended with a broken collarbone suffered against Penn State.

Michigan quarterbacks Shea Patterson (2) and Dylan McCaffrey (10) give the Wolverines one of the top quarterback situations in the country, according to Phil Steele of ESPN.

The Wolverines will have options under center this fall, and quality ones at that. College football writer Phil Steele says Michigan owns the seventh-best quarterback situation in the country, in a segment posted Monday for ESPN.

"... Patterson returns after a productive first season in maize and blue," Steele writes, "as he threw for 2,600 yards while throwing 22 TDs and seven interceptions while completing 64.6 percent of his passes. The depth here is outstanding, with three very highly touted players backing up Patterson, led by sophomore Dylan McCaffrey.

"With a more up-tempo pace under new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, Patterson could be one of the Big Ten's top signal-callers this season."

Also in the quarterback picture for the Wolverines are Joe Milton, who played in four games last season as a freshman, and incoming freshman Cade McNamara.

Clemson, led by rising sophomore Trevor Lawrence, tops Steele's rankings.