Michigan QB Joe Milton prepares to ‘be put into the right situation’
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Do you think Joe Milton has legitimate shot to be starting quarterback? — Eric Hendrix, via Facebook
Don’t expect Joe Milton to start at quarterback for Michigan this fall. Unless Shea Patterson, Dylan McCaffrey and Brandon Peters somehow get hurt or are declared ineligible, Milton won’t start at quarterback for the Wolverines.
It’s not a slight against Milton, who has the tools. He has the arm strength and athleticism. But by design, Michigan doesn’t play its true freshman quarterbacks under fourth-year coach Jim Harbaugh. McCaffrey redshirted as a freshman. Peters redshirted as a freshman, too.
Milton will do the same, with the purpose of adjusting to college life and to college football, including learning the playbook. He chose to enroll a semester early to prepare for his future as a quarterback.
Milton told reporters during the Wolverines’ spring trip to France that his first year at Michigan will become a solid foundation for his future. He know’s he’ll get the opportunity to play (and to start) when the time is right.
“I just want to pick up my game better, and then I want to learn the whole system and get used to everything,” Milton said. “Again, I just want to be coached right and then be put into the right situation. But I’m still going to compete, regardless of whatever. I’m going to compete no matter who it is, still going to compete.”
I wrote a few weeks ago McCaffrey’s best chance to become the starting quarterback will be in 2019. Put Milton in that competition for next year. Pencil him in as a likely starter in 2020.
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