Jim Harbaugh has a set quarterback depth chart 12 days before kickoff. Who are you, and what have you done with him?
Harbaugh announced the full quarterback depth chart during an M Club Ann Arbor luncheon earlier Monday.
Brandon Peters is Shea Patterson’s first backup, and Dylan McCaffrey enters the season on the third-string. This announcement breaks tradition, as the first three years featured fierce quarterback battles that lasted until game week.
2015: Jake Rudock and Shane Morris (John O’Korn ineligible due to transfer, but reportedly best of the bunch)
2016: Wilton Speight and John O’Korn
2017: Wilton Speight, John O’Korn and Brandon Peters
Peters hit the field for his first extended action against Rutgers last October, completing 10 of 14 passes for 124 yards and a score. The rising sophomore started four of the final five games, finished with 672 yards, four touchdowns and two picks on just over 50 percent passing.
McCaffrey fought off a feisty true freshman Joe Milton for the third spot. The redshirt freshman hails from the famous McCaffrey family that produced Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey. He arrived in Ann Arbor as a 4-star, per 247Sports.
Milton, meanwhile, will get another offseason to add to his already impressive frame. He gained 28 pounds since arriving on campus this winter.
As reported by Trevor Woods, Shea Patterson will start against Notre Dame on Sep. 1.