In the final game of the 2022 season, Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy giveth, and J.J. McCarthy taketh away.
McCarthy made some of his best throws in the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl,
but he made two extremely costly mistakes with two pick-sixes. Wipe those off the board, or even make them simple interceptions, that TCU game likely has a different outcome.
For Michigan, the intent now is to rise above simply making it to the playoff, as the Wolverines now have higher aspirations.
If the maize and blue are to excel, it will likely be a result of McCarthy elevating his game to the next level —
something that should be anticipated due to last year being just his first as the team’s starter.
And given how much that TCU game was something of a microcosm of McCarthy’s experience last year,
head coach Jim Harbaugh expects him to learn from that and carry forward those lessons.
What’s more is Harbaugh is thrilled with McCarthy’s leadership, which doesn’t simply mean being the team’s point man.
He sees a selfless player who leads by example, and isn’t concerned as much with individual accolades as much as he is helping the team win.