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After Future’s easy 51-7 win over Colorado State in Saturday’s season opener, Michigan State head coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t sound any closer to deciding who will be Be the No. 1 quarterback of the future.
Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that the coaching staff is doing everything in their power to make the rift between Cade McNamara and JJ McCarthy possible. The game is “as fair as possible”.
Harbaugh has been vague in providing insight on what he’s looking for from quarterbacks, going back to preseason practise.
When asked about last week, Harbaugh cited the Bible.
“Let me stand here, no one – this is biblical – knows what the future holds. This is a performance based process,” he explained. “But we’re not going to hide anything good. Both are great quarterbacks. We think they both have the ability to lead our team to a championship.”
If the process was based on performance, McNamara didn’t audition very well on his first outing. The senior started the game against Colorado State University. He finished 9-for-18 for 136 yards and a touchdown.
McCarthy took over two second-half offenses on Saturday. The Wolverines had touchdowns on both possessions, but he was only called for four throws. Sophomores completed all 30-yard attempts. As part of the 2021 recruit class, McCarthy is a 5-star player and according to 247Sports Overall ranking, 25th overall. A true freshman, he appeared in 11 games, going 34-for-59 for 516 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Harbaugh intends to start McCarthy on Saturday when the Wolverines host Hawaii at the Big House.