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Name: Dylan McCaffrey
Weight: 220 lbs.
High school: Castle Rock (CO) Valor Christian
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #10
Last year: I ranked McCaffrey #61 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He was 8/15 for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with running 10 times for 99 yards and 1 touchdown.
TTB Rating: 91
McCaffrey had a bit of a battle on his hands going into the 2018 season, with an older Brandon Peters and a decent freshman in Joe Milton trying to grab the #2 quarterback spot. Only a select few know exactly how close that battle was, but McCaffrey came out the victor and forced Peters to transfer to Illinois this off-season. Michigan fans didn’t have to wait long for the redshirt freshman to debut; he made 6 pass attempts and 3 rush attempts in the season opener against Notre Dame. McCaffrey showed flashes of good play, none more scintillating than a late 44-yard touchdown run against Wisconsin.
That’s a 6’5″, 220 lb. quarterback outrunning a 6’0″, 190 lb. safety and linebacker T.J. Edwards for a long touchdown.
Hit the jump for more.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t outrun a broken collarbone, which made him miss the second half of the season.
McCaffrey appears to be that next-generation QB that has the ability to throw and the wheels to make some big plays in the run game. He’s not Kyler Murray when it comes to speed, but perhaps a taller Russell Wilson as a runner. The bigger question is whether he can sit in the pocket and pick apart a defense.
Shea Patterson is entrenched as the starter for the Wolverines, but Jim Harbaugh said at Big Ten Media Days that the two quarterbacks could “redefine” what a starter is in football. He implied that the two could rotate or be on the field at the same time. Was he being deceitful? Playful? A crazy person? Truthful?
I would be surprised if Patterson and McCaffrey end up in a dual-starter role, because those things never seem to work. I do expect to see both of them play, and I think McCaffrey will play more than most #2 quarterbacks. He’s too talented to sit on the bench for a third consecutive season, especially when the starter will be graduating and leaving the door wide open for McCaffrey to get the gig.
Prediction: Backup quarterback; 24/40, 400 yards, 5 touchdowns
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