3rd String QB - Joe Milton? Wherefore art thou, Brandon Peters?

Submitted by boliver46 on October 15th, 2018 at 1:47 PM

SIAP or discussed but I have been dealing with a family matter and am not caught up in all things Michigan.

I noticed in the follow-up after the game that it was stated (paraphrased), that Joe Milton has taken over as the #3 QB.

Having a hard time finding out how or why Milton passed up Brandon Peters.

Is Brandon Peters hurt? 

Thanks in advance.

And to defray negs due to my ignorance of the situation - here is a funny image that has Always Been Here.




October 15th, 2018 at 1:59 PM ^

McCaffery is definitely second string now.

Regarding Milton, the first package for him was a designed run as well as the end of game snaps. I think it was more about getting Milton some game experience and not putting Peters in simply to hand off at the tail end of a blowout. This has been Harbaugh's MO in the past. If a veteran isn't in the top rotation, you don't "embarrass" him by making him play mop-up duty. 


October 15th, 2018 at 2:00 PM ^

The thought that keeps coming back for me is in "All or Nothing" where his family is sitting on the couch and his dad says (paraphrasing), "If this is it, I'll be ok with that". They seem to be excited about the future but proud of their son's accomplishments. To be on top of the world like that to where he is not even 10 months later makes me feel for the kid. 

If he does transfer (speculation), I hope he is able to get somewhere to play and play to the level he knows he can play at.


October 15th, 2018 at 1:50 PM ^

I have no idea but if I had to guess, both Peters and Milton will still redshirt this season. I'm sure Brandon could get a medical redshirt if he wanted. 


October 15th, 2018 at 1:50 PM ^

I think they brought Milton as an unknown entity more than as a legitimate progression down the depth chart.

I wouldn't look at his inclusion as a true indicator that Peters is no being considered, or is hurt.


October 15th, 2018 at 1:51 PM ^

My completely uneducated guess is that Milton was in the game for recruiting purposes, to show the 30-odd recruits on the sideline that they can play in big-time games as true freshmen.  If Patterson and McCaffrey were both out, I think Peters would be the next QB up.


October 15th, 2018 at 2:08 PM ^

Definitely agree with this. I remember another discussion at some point over the last couple years about a bunch of freshmen getting into a game that some big time recruits were attending. It also seems like Harbaugh tries to get kids extra snaps if they are playing somewhere near the hometown. 


October 15th, 2018 at 3:41 PM ^

Harbaugh definitely cares about family considerations, hometown pride, etc.

He understands the place of sports in life and how those things interconnect.

For him, strengthening the young men in their relationships and their roots is part of the big picture of making them great student-athletes.

He's a throwback to another time, and I love that about him. 


October 15th, 2018 at 2:06 PM ^

There were Peters transfer rumors earlier in the Summer as well. It did not benefit him in anyway to transfer this season, so he stuck it out. Maybe he told Harbaugh that he's out and Harbaugh agreed to keep it quiet?

Also, there were Milton transfer rumors earlier in the summer as well, so maybe Harbaugh is showing Milton some love to keep him at Michigan?