5 position battles to watch for Michigan football heading into fall camp

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Michigan football starts fall camp next week and here is a look at five position battles to watch for the Wolverines. 

One thing was clear earlier this week at Big Ten Media Days: Michigan football is going to have competition up and down the roster.

There aren’t a lot of question marks in terms of starters. We have a pretty good idea who all those guys are going to be or at least who will play a lot this season for Michigan football.

But at some positions, there are multiple players who deserve to play a lot. It could lead to some tough decisions and other positions, such as kicker — it’s hard to have more than one starter.

With all that in mind, here’s a look at five position battles to watch, including one that doesn’t even concern a starting position.

Backup quarterback

We’ll start with that non-starter position battle. Hopefully, the backup quarterback doesn’t matter at all this season for Michigan football.

Just in case though, it’s going to be an interesting battle to watch and it could have some implications for next season if J.J. McCarthy leaves for the NFL draft after 2023.

Jack Tuttle transferred from Indiana. He’s a former four-star recruit and has started games in the Big Ten. That moment isn’t going to feel too big for Tuttle if he needed to play.

Davis Warren is the other candidate and a guy that could have a chance to be a future starter. You could say the same thing about Alex Orji, who is also a talented runner.

There has been talk of Michigan football using him in that role, but I don’t see the Wolverines ever taking McCarthy off the field in a competitive game and they shouldn’t.

Still, all three bring something different and it will be interesting to see how that backup QB position develops over the course of the season.