Redshirt junior Dylan McCaffrey is seen by many as the front-runner to earn the starting quarterback job for the Michigan Wolverines. Obviously, the lack of spring football due to the coronavirus pandemic put a damper on what was set to be one of Michigan’s best offseason storylines, but that does not mean the battle has ended.
ESPN profiled the McCaffrey family and how the football-playing brothers — headlined by All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers — are working out together to stay in football shape and improve in their respective offseasons.
Christian, Dylan and Luke, a quarterback at Nebraska, have been working out together at a public park in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. The sessions are being overseen by their father, Ed McCaffrey, a three-time Super Bowl winning player and current head football coach at Northern Colorado.
“It’s provided us with a good situation for the time, even though each one of us would love to be with our teammates,” Dylan McCaffrey said. “Never in a million years would we have come home for this long and have the opportunity to do this if the world wasn’t, unfortunately, the way it is right now.
“I don’t know if we have all sat down and focused on football like this, probably ever.”
The ESPN article states that the McCaffrey quarterbacks have been focusing on upper body strength and going through passing drills with their father, who also runs routes for them. The family also has film sessions together where they each work to keep themselves sharp in the mental aspect of the game.
“It’s awesome,” Dylan said. “It allows me to train at the highest level I possibly can, which is tough for a lot of people during this time.”
It’s a fun piece if anyone has to the time or desire to read through it. It answers the question of what at least one of the players is doing to stay sharp throughout these crazy circumstances until people are able to gather again and players can begin to play football.
McCaffrey is set to battle it out with redshirt sophomore Joe Milton for the starting quarterback job in Ann Arbor. He was a four-star prospect and the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class, per the 247Sports composite. Milton was also a four-star prospect coming out of high school in the 2018 class and ranked as the No. 204 overall player in the country and ninth-ranked pro-style signal-caller.