Michigan Football: Who Wins The Backup Quarterback Job?

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 01: JJ McCarthy #9 of the Maize Team warms up prior to the Michigan Football spring game at Michigan Stadium on April 1, 2023 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)
ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 01: JJ McCarthy #9 of the Maize Team warms up prior to the Michigan Football spring game at Michigan Stadium on April 1, 2023 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images) /
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Alex Orji

In his first year, Alex Orji found his way onto the field a bit and established himself as a solid runner from the quarterback spot. He only attempted one pass, completing it for a five-yard gain, but carried the ball six times for 37 yards. Orji also completed four of his six passes in the spring game for 47 yards and a touchdown.

In all likelihood, Orji will not be winning this job. This is not to say he will not play, as I fully expect his gimmicky role to expand in his second season at Michigan football.

Depending on McCarhty’s health, he may end up playing the most out of these three quarterbacks. However, he lacks the experience and development as a passer to edge out Warren and Tuttle for the outright backup job.

Who wins?

Similar to McCarthy and McNamara, this battle will likely carry into the season. However, I believe that when the dust has settled, Davis Warren will be crowned QB2.

Next. Projected Michigan football depth chart for 2023. dark

As the backup, simply not messing things up is a big duty, and Warren’s game-manager style makes him the best bet. His experience in the system and with the playbook also benefits him, especially earlier in the season.