2020 Season Countdown: #10 Dylan McCaffrey

2020 Season Countdown: #10 Dylan McCaffrey

October 8, 2020
Dylan McCaffrey

Name: Dylan McCaffrey
220 lbs.
High school: 
Castle Rock (CO) Valor Christian
Redshirt junior
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked McCaffrey #26 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He was 10/20 for 116 yards and 1 touchdown; he also ran for 67 yards and 1 touchdown.
TTB Rating: 

Well, here we find Dylan McCaffrey, the guy once destined to be the Next Great Quarterback at Michigan who now appears to be headed for, I dunno, Northern Colorado to play for his dad. McCaffrey was pegged by many – including me – to be Michigan’s starter in 2020, ahead of Joe Milton. For whatever reason, McCaffrey lost the job and therefore announced he would opt out of the season and would explore transfer options.

I had McCaffrey ranked #10, which is low for a starting quarterback. The reason? He seems injury-prone. A concussion and a broken collarbone have ended each of his previous two seasons prematurely. The only season he finished healthy was when he was redshirting in 2017. So by my estimation, Michigan was going to end up with at least two starting quarterbacks for lengthy stretches in 2020, McCaffrey and Milton. Now the job goes to Milton, and we have to hope that redshirt freshman Cade McNamara is ready to roll as the backup.

Prediction: Starting quarterback

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  1. Comments: 6285
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Oct 08, 2020 at 1:41 PM

    Do you think there’s more to it than just getting beaten out by Milton?

    “For whatever reason”

    I thought so at first but was generally dissuaded…

  2. Comments: 6285
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Oct 08, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    Predicting injuries to specific players is hard but putting a backup into the top 20 makes sense to me as QB is a critical position and it’s rare to have a starter make it through a full season unscathed.

  3. Comments: 313
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    Oct 08, 2020 at 8:33 PM

    I was very excited for McCaffrey. The familial athleticism, the size, his athleticism (I’ll always remember outrunning that Wisco linebacker), the few plays we did get to see him play. I thought he looked great when we were down vs. Notre Dame and he stepped in.

    On a related note, I watched Joe Milton’s interview with his old coaches today. Thought it was good. Excited to see what he can bring to the table. Hearing he can throw 85 yards makes me raise an eyebrow, but if that’s the truth…. damn.

    • Comments: 14
      Joined: 8/11/2015
      Oct 09, 2020 at 2:20 PM

      I felt the same about McCaffrey…I always liked Milton but assumed he would transfer because I didn’t see a way that he could be out Dylan.

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