The Wolverine

October 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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OCTOBER 2022 THE WOLVERINE 25 the weekly payments. Michigan radio play-by-play man Doug Karsch has been around the Wolverines for decades. He witnessed quarterbacks like Brian Griese, Tom Brady, Drew Hen- son, Chad Henne and Denard Robinson, all with unique abilities. Karsch noted that if McCarthy can maintain his impressive start when the competition ramps up, he could eventu- ally put his name among the Michigan greats. "Harbaugh nailed it," Karsch said. "He's been flawless. The only incomple- tion was a dropped pass. He looked great." The Detroit-area sports talk show host then went out on the comparison limb, invoking another Wolverine carrying massive credentials. "J.J. McCarthy is the most Drew Hen- son-like quarterback they've had since Drew Henson," Karsch said. "A legitimate dual threat. If the skill set on display so far this year carries over to tougher op- ponents, yeah, it's a lot like Drew Henson. "Colorado State and Hawai'i aren't go- ing to set any defensive records this year. But you still look fast, you still throw hard, you still throw deep, you still throw ac- curately." Michigan grad cornerback Gemon Green sees it daily in practice, and knows how McCarthy can stress a defense. "He stretches the play along," Green said. "He's a very good playmaker. When- ever the ball is in his hands, you know something is going to happen. It's going to be a big play, or the ball could be com- ing your way." McCarthy followed up the job-winning start with a 15-for-18, 214-yard perfor- mance in Michigan's 59-0 win over Con- necticut. He also ran 3 times for 14 yards, extending his gaudy totals. Through an admittedly weak non-con-

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