Michigan Football: 3 bold predictions for J.J. McCarthy in 2023

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Michigan football quarterback J.J. McCarthy is poised for a huge season and here are three bold predictions for him in 2023. 

One of the reasons Michigan football fans believe there is a legitimate chance of winning a national championship this season is the fact that J.J. McCarthy is back as the starting quarterback.

His first season full-time under center was spectacular. He led Michigan football to a 13-1 record, as well as a Big Ten championship, and a win over Ohio State.

McCarthy wasn’t just a game manager either. He threw 22 touchdown passes compared to just five interceptions. He also completed 64.6 percent of his passes and ran for five touchdowns, as well as 303 yards total.

So in his first season as a starter, McCarthy accounted for 3,000 total yards and 27 touchdowns in a run-heavy offense.

Now, things are going to be more 50/50, and here are three bold predictions for McCarthy going into the 2023 Michigan football season.

McCarthy will set single-season Michigan records for passing yards, touchdowns

Over the course of its history, Michigan football has been known more for running the football, than throwing it.

The career record for passing yards in a single is held by John Navarre with 3,331 yards. The single-season record for touchdown passes is 25 held by Elvis Grabac and Chad Henne.

Honestly, I don’t think it’s that bold to believe McCarthy will break both records. He was around 600 yards short last and only three touchdown passes shy.

The running game will be as good as any in college football. But the passing game will be opened up and I’m praying Michigan football realizes the weapon that McCarthy is and unleashes him.

People mocked when me when I said McCarthy can be a top-10 pick in the 2024 NFL draft, but I believe it. He’s got the talent of a first-rounder. Anyone that doesn’t see that is blind. And quarterbacks always move up in the draft process.

If Kenny Pickett was a first-rounder, J.J. McCarthy can be.

Plus, he’s going to be much, much better in 2023. The game is going to slow down for him and it wil be night and day from last season even though he was really good.

The deep ball will be better, Colston Loveland is going to catch about 10 touchdowns, and Michigan football will let McCarthy be McCarthy.

That’s the key to the entire season, at least in terms of winning a national title. McCarthy is special and he’s going to put together a record-breaking season.