Angelique Chengelis and Bruce Feldman are both reporting that Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey is opting out of the 2020 season and exploring transfer options, and they’re solid enough reporters that I’m going to go ahead and assume McCaffrey is gone (though no official announcement has been made).
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McCaffrey is entering his fourth year in the program after signing as part of the 2017 class. He redshirted that first year and spent the past two years as the #2 quarterback. He completed 18/35 passes (51.4%) for 242 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in that time, while also running 23 times for 166 yards (7.2 yards/carry) and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately, a couple injuries (broken collarbone, head injury) have shortened each of his last two seasons.
As discussed repeatedly here, quarterbacks just don’t stick around for four or five years if they’re not The Man. The Man appears to be Joe Milton, even though Milton’s passing and rushing numbers have both been inferior to McCaffrey’s. Milton has reportedly made great strides in the off-season, going from the #3 quarterback spot in 2019 to the #1 spot this year.
This is a rather disappointing development considering the hype for McCaffrey as a recruit. He was a 4-star quarterback and an Army All-American. His father was a standout receiver in the NFL, and his older brother Christian is one of the best running backs currently in the league, if not the best. The hope was that Dylan would follow in their footsteps, but I have questioned how well his skill set fits in with Josh Gattis’s offense. I do believe he possesses the skills to be successful somewhere, but I think he needs a change of scenery.
This departure leaves Milton, redshirt freshman Cade McNamara, and true freshman Dan Villari as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, with J.J. McCarthy coming in the 2021 class.
One possible landing spot for McCaffrey could be Northern Colorado, an FCS program where Dylan’s dad Ed (head coach) and older brother Max (wide receivers coach) currently work. He also had offers from Colorado, Duke, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, UCLA, and Washington coming out of high school. (Max attended Duke and younger brother Luke currently plays at Nebraska, so there are lots of family connections around the country.)
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