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Colin Cowherd calls Dylan McCaffrey Jim Harbaugh’s ‘Andrew Luck at Stanford”

Are these too big of britches for McCaffrey?

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Dylan McCaffrey has completed all of 18 passes in his collegiate career as a quarterback for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. Apparently, that is enough for one Colin Cowherd to praise him as the next Andrew Luck under Jim Harbaugh.

On Fox Sports’ The Herd, Cowherd said the following about the potential Michigan starter when picking his “Way Too Early” Game of the Week for the College Football season:

After selecting Michigan at Washington as the week one game he is looking forward to the most, Cowherd said, “Urban Meyer is now out of the conference for a second year. They need to find a new quarterback at Michigan, Shea Patterson is gone. Christian McCaffrey’s brother Dylan McCaffrey is the leading candidate to be quarterback and people are saying that this is the best athlete. This is Harbaugh’s guy. This is Harbaugh’s Andrew Luck at Stanford.”

To compare McCaffrey to Andrew Luck at this point is completely unfair to both parties. Luck was an obvious No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft and was a clear-cut starter from day one at Stanford. Meanwhile, McCaffrey has been quietly developing behind Shea Patterson and other quarterbacks for the last few years and is now just hoping to emerge as a starter in his fourth season in Ann Arbor. The two have been and will likely always be on two completely different paths as collegiate and professional quarterbacks.

With that being said, McCaffrey does have the confidence of his coaching staff behind him, especially his head coach. Prior to the 2019 season, Harbaugh said this about McCaffrey: “He’s got a lot of that ‘it’ factor to him. That winning factor. It shows up in two-minute drives... Dylan gets in there and leads the team down for touchdowns.”

That play appeared on the field at times throughout his first two seasons in Ann Arbor, but admittedly it was in blowout wins or losses. Fans have been waiting to see him get a fair shake as the team’s starting quarterback, though. In fact, McCaffrey may have taken the job from him if it were not for a severe concussion he sustained after taking a nasty hit at Camp Randall Stadium against the Wisconsin Badgers.

Now, McCaffrey finds himself in a quarterback battle of his own prior to the start of the 2020 season. Joe Milton has worked his way into the hearts of fans showing off his bodacious arm in practices and in videos on social media. The race is on for the starting job, even with Cade McNamara as a dark horse candidate.

If what Cowherd says is true, and the people at Michigan are that enthralled by McCaffrey, it would be stunning if there was any other outcome besides the redshirt junior taking over behind center this season.

Are you buying into the McCaffrey hype that Cowherd is selling? Let us know in the comments below!