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Daily Brews: Should Michigan look to the transfer portal for a QB?

Might Michigan look to the transfer portal for added quarterback depth in 2020?

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Could the University of Michigan look to the transfer portal for a quarterback in 2020?

The question was posed by Michael Spath of Wolverine Digest. The conclusion Spath reached was Michigan should indeed look to the portal, if only to push returning quarterbacks Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton, who both enter next season relatively inexperienced.

We’ve been asking if either of these two is a ‘generational’ talent - a must in today’s college football, a player that elevates every one of his teammates, as offenses have become the driving force behind playoff and championship teams. The truth is, though, none of us know if McCaffrey or Milton can be that, which is why Michigan should pursue a transfer QB.

McCaffrey, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey, has showed promise in brief appearances for the Wolverines. In 2018, his freshman season, McCaffrey appeared in five games, finishing the year 8-of-15 passing for 126 yards, with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also showed ability running the ball, rushing 10 times for 99 yards and a score. In six games in 2019, he had 1 touchdown and no interceptions on 20 passes.

Milton threw his first career pass last year against Ohio State, finishing the game 2-of-3 with an interception. This year he had three completions on seven attempts with a touchdown and an interception.

What’s new with Livers?

Wolverine fans are still waiting for an update on Isaiah Livers following an apparent groin injury in Saturday’s 86-44 win over Presbyterian. Following the game, Juwan Howard seemed to have about as much information as fans:

“I wish I was a doctor so I could tell you exactly which muscle it was,” he said. “But I have no idea. I’m just praying that it’s not a serious injury and tomorrow hopefully he will feel better. I trust we have a great medical team that’s going to take good care of him and give us the proper advice that’s needed to help us find answers.”

Michigan is hoping to have an update ahead of its next game, a Dec. 29 matchup against the UMass-Lowell.

Uche says no to potential fifth year

Linebacker Josh Uche on Friday told reporters he could return Michigan for a fifth year if he chose to do so. However, the senior said he “felt it was time” to move on, according to an MLive article by Aaron McMann.

As McMann wrote:

Earlier this month, Uche announced on social media his plans to forego a potential fifth season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. In his message, Uche called his time at Michigan “the best four years of my life,” a tenure that saw him rack up 16 1/2 sacks in 38 games. And a bulk of those sacks came in the final two years.

Hearing such news from Uche is certainly disappointing for Michigan fans. The Miami, Florida native heads into the Wolverines’ Jan. 1 Citrus Bowl contest against Alabama with 34 stops on the year and 8.5 sacks. He also forced 2 fumbles.

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