Michigan Football should redshirt Dylan McCraffrey this season – GBMWolverine

Dylan McCaffrey could be the next star quarterback for Michigan football, but next season with the depth UM has at QB, using a redshirt would be wise.

One of the most important things Jim Harbaugh has done for Michigan football, is improve its quarterback play. He has done that through coaching and upgrading the talent level.

Wilton Speight is a good example of a quarterback that has progressed under Harbaugh’s tutelage. Talented recruits like Brandon Peters and Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton are the examples of getting more high-end talent.

When it comes down to it, the Wolverines are loaded at quarterback for the near future. Speight has two years of eligibility left and Peters has four after being redshirted a season ago.

Peters, who Harbaugh once compared to Andrew Luck, looks poised to challenge Speight for the starting job in fall camp, but it’s hard to see him winning the job. That leaves Peters as the backup and John O’Korn as the likely third string.

So where does that leave McCaffrey?

Because of some all-star game conflicts, McCaffrey didn’t enroll early and wasn’t able to participate in spring practice. That’s put him behind the 8-ball a little bit, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still make an impression and throw his hat in the ring.

Say McCraffrey steals the show at fall camp, then by all means, Michigan should keep its options open. But it’s hard to see him surpassing Speight and Peters so quickly. The more likely showdown comes with Peters down the road to decide who takes over for Speight.

Both players are going to do their best to unseat him this season, but with the learning curve McCaffery has to undergo, it feels like he won’t be really ready until 2018.

There is nothing wrong with that. It’s why Michigan football should redshirt him. It’s better than wasting a year of eligibility on being a backup. It will also keep him a year behind Peters, leaving the Wolverines a potentially clear path of starting-QB succession.



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