Michigan sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy is set to make his first career college start on Saturday against Hawaii.
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All eyes will be on McCarthy, who will look to cement himself as the No. 1 quarterback with another strong performance. Although he only played 11 snaps in the Wolverines’ 51-7 season-opening win over Colorado State, he made the most of his limited playing time. The former five-star recruit completed all four of his passes for 30 yards and also rushed three times for 50 yards, including an electric 20-yard touchdown run.
Incumbent starter Cade McNamara won’t be behind center to begin the game, but he likely will see the field at some point Saturday. He’ll be looking to rebound after a pedestrian performance in the opener, when he finished 9 of 18 passing for 136 yards and a touchdown.
No. 4 Michigan shouldn’t have any issues moving the ball against a Hawaii team that has been outscored by Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky 112-27 combined in its first two games. The Rainbow Warriors’ also have a quarterback competition for the starting job, but neither Brayden Schager and Joey Yellen have thrown a touchdown pass yet this season. They also have combined for five interceptions.
The Wolverines are now up to a consensus 52-point betting favorite, so another blowout is expected Saturday night. They could be missing a few injured players, however. Starting left tackle Ryan Hayes, who missed the opener, is probable to be back Saturday, but offensive lineman Karsen Barnhart, who was thrust into a starting role last week, is doubtful with an ankle injury. Meanwhile, starting linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green is questionable. He also missed the opener.
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