Name: Davis Warren
Weight: 195 lbs.
High school: Suffield (CT) Suffield Academy
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #16
Last year: I ranked Warren #64 and said he would be a backup quarterback (LINK). He completed 5/9 passes for 89 yards and ran 3 times for 30 yards.
TTB Rating: N/A
Warren came out of nowhere in 2022 to look like Michigan’s third-best quarterback, behind J.J. McCarthy and Cade McNamara. He looked better than Alan Bowman and Alex Orji in the spring game, and I don’t think much changed into the season. He ended up with more passing attempts (9) and games played (6) than Bowman (7 and 4, respectively) and Orji (3 and 1, respectively). And he looked pretty good doing it, averaging 9.9 yards per attempt and 10 yards per carry.
Those numbers won’t hold up in the long run, but it was a pretty good debut for a redshirt freshman walk-on. It’s also somewhat telling that Bowman transferred out and will likely be Oklahoma State’s starter this fall. So Michigan’s walk-on third-stringer is better than Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback.
And now is where you might be confused about why Warren is the fourth-highest quarterback on the countdown. Obviously, McCarthy is the top guy, and then I’m guessing Indiana transfer Jack Tuttle will be the primary backup. Then there’s Orji, who I think will be a bigger factor in 2023 as a running option to keep McCarthy healthy and fresh. Warren is a more traditional quarterback who isn’t much of a running option – despite averaging 10.0 yards per rush last season – so his value is more as a wholesale sub in case something happens to McCarthy and/or Tuttle, whereas Orji is somewhat of a one-trick pony. I think Warren could potentially be Michigan’s starter in 2024 if McCarthy leaves for the NFL and if Jadyn Davis isn’t ready to step on the field. But for now I think Warren is entrenched as the third or fourth QB this season.
Prediction: Backup quarterback
You need to login in order to vote