With reports of Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey opting out of the 2020 season and seeking a transfer, it’s looking more and more like Joe Milton will be U-M’s starting QB.
When talking to reporters today, Michigan wide receiver Giles Jackson touched on what Milton brings to the table and the bond they have.
“Me and Joe, we’re real tight. We live about 30 seconds away from each other. So I’m always with him, we’re (working) to get better, watching film,” Jackson said. “The offseason, we were getting together, throwing footballs a lot. So that’s just helped, to have a good bond.”
Milton’s arm strength has been praised by everyone from Jim Harbaugh to former Michigan QB Shea Patterson, to myself after seeing him throw a ball off his back foot nearly 80 yards. Include Jackson in the club of those who think Milton’s arm is among the strongest they’ve ever seen. “Joe has a strong arm. One of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen,” Jackson said. “I know in practice one time he threw this deep ball and I was like 70 yards out. And he just launched it. I thought he threw it late, but the ball beat me to my spot. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ He has an arm like I’ve never seen before.”
Jackson went on to note that Milton is more focused and he’s been like a whole different person this offseason. More serious, more focused. “You could tell he wanted it, he wanted to play and he was more locked in,” Jackson said.
Michigan’s season starts on October 24 and we’ll see if Milton has made enough strides to have the program competing for a Big Ten championship.