Michigan football quarterback coach Kirk Campbell will call the plays on Saturday against East Carolina, which makes you if there will be more passing?
A hot topic of conversation when it comes to Michigan football is whether or not the Wolverines will air it out more in 2023.
J.J. McCarthy is a guy I believe is going to be a 2024 first-round draft pick. McCarthy has incredible arm talent. He’s also a tremendous athlete as we have seen over and over again.
Jim Harbaugh needs to let McCarthy be McCarthy and maybe one positive of having Kirk Campbell calling the plays this week, instead of a suspended Sherrone Moore, will be more passes.
Cornelius Johnson hinted at it when he met with the media on Monday. He was asked if there would be more passes with Campbell calling the plays and he responded (via The Wolverine):
"“He’s the quarterbacks coach, but we’re just trying to get a victory against the East Carolina Pirates, so he’s going to do everything he can to do that, I’m sure."
Kirk Campbell will be just fine calling plays
Campbell was a big part of building the gameplan last season with Moore. There’s a reason he was hired as quarterbacks coach and I don’t see him steering away from Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards that much.
However, there are plenty of exciting options in the passing game. Roman Wilson seems poised for a breakout season and Colston Loveland is too, along with guys like Tyler Morris and Darrius Clemons.
Cornelius Johnson has been Mr. Consistent for the Wolverines and I expect him to have around 600-700 yards receiving. Edwards should also get more involved in the passing game and I think we’ll see some of that this Saturday.
Michigan football has won a lot of games though, relying on the offensive line and I don’t see the Wolverines, even with Campbell calling the plays, straying much from that formula.
A few more passes wouldn’t hurt though, especially since this could be McCarthy’s swan song in Ann Arbor and as Jim Harbaugh said, he’s a once-in-a-generation quarterback.