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Michigan quarterback Joe Milton took to Twitter today to announce his intentions to enter the transfer portal. Taking advantage of the rules set forth in response to the 2020 COVID season, and will take 3 years of eligibility with him to his next destination.
Milton came into the season as a backup to former Wolverine QB Dylan McCaffery, but fell into the national spotlight late in the preseason after McCaffery opted out with the intent to transfer. His measurables led fans of the team into a frenzy of NFL comparisons for their QB of the future. The most prevalent of those being a prime Cam Newton, but we also saw Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady shoehorned in there.
With comps like that, Michigan must be suffering a huge loss with this transfer right? Not even a little bit. Despite all of the completely unwarranted hype for Milton he started five of the Wolverines’ six games, and posted a 2-3 record (although one of those wins came after Milton was benched against Rutgers). The upcoming season looked to give Milton essentially a 0.0% chance at the starting job, so it’s impossible to blame him for wanting to take his talents elsewhere.
In all actuality, the administration in place is as much to blame as anybody. This upcoming season, J.J. McCarthy will be looking to win his assumed battle with Cade McNamara and cement himself as the 8th starting quarterback under Jim Harbaugh. Not only that, Milton becomes the 17th player to enter the transfer portal since the start of the 2020 season. SEVEN-FREAKING-TEENTH!
When you have nearly a full recruiting class worth of guys wanting to get off the ship, there are bigger problems than the players themselves. Now whether that be Harbaugh or something completely separate, it’s undeniable there is something wrong with the culture in Ann Arbor.