2023 Season Countdown: #50 Alex Orji

2023 Season Countdown: #50 Alex Orji

July 30, 2023
Alex Orji (image via USA Today)

Name: Alex Orji
235 lbs.
High school: 
Sachse (TX) Sachse
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Orji #67 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in three games and ran 6 times for 37 yards and 2 touchdowns while completed 1/1 pass for 5 yards.
TTB Rating:

Last year I surmised that Orji would run the ball in one or two games, but I was wrong.

He played in three games.

One of those games even resulted in broadcaster Robert Griffin III saying “It’s an Orji in the endzone!” after a running touchdown. I have to imagine the suits at Fox were not too happy with that. But in general, Orji had an okay freshman season for a quarterback. I mean, he scored 2 touchdowns and has a completion percentage of 100%, which is tied for the highest completion percentage in NCAA history.

This year Cade McNamara and Alan Bowman are no longer around, bumping J.J. McCarthy up to surefire starter status. The backup QB job looks like it will be a battle between Indiana transfer Jack Tuttle and walk-on Davis Warren, but I expect Orji to be used more consistently as a running quarterback. Michigan has done something similar with Dan Villari, and even McCarthy was used more as a running option in 2021 when pocket quarterback McNamara was behind center. Look for the coaching staff to put together special packages and formations to get Orji the ball and keep McCarthy fresh.

Prediction: Backup quarterback

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