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Name: Joe Milton (+) Coming off 2020 Thumb INJ
College: Michigan     Number: 5
Height: 6-4   Weight: 243
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2023

40 Low: 4.60
   40 Time: 4.68
  40 High: 4.78
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Height: 6042
Weight: 243

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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: (+) Coming off 2020 Thumb INJ...NAC

 Joe Milton, Michigan, Player News

  01/15/21 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Michigan quarterback Joe Milton struggled late in the season with a thumb issue and is seen wearing a cast on his right hand in a recent Instagram post. Milton, who started five games as Michigan's quarterback last fall, had offseason surgery, according to a source close to the program. It is unclear when the surgery took place. The video posted on Instagram shows Milton playing with his dog and a cast protecting his hand and thumb. In the Week 3 game at Indiana, Milton was seen wearing a protective wrap on the hand and thumb and in every subsequent game. - Detroit News

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  11/26/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Michigan's top two coaches did their best to show public confidence in Joe Milton this week, even after the struggling quarterback was pulled from the game against Rutgers over the weekend. Jim Harbaugh, appearing on the "Inside Michigan Football" radio show Monday night, declined a second opportunity to name a starter for Saturday's upcoming game against Penn State (noon, ABC). Instead, Harbaugh used some of his time to defend Milton - who completed three of his four pass attempts, and even hit receiver Giles Jackson on a 31-yard completion early in the second quarter. "I thought he was playing good," Harbaugh said. "We hadn't gotten on the scoreboard yet and wanted to get Cade (McNamara) an opportunity - a shot at it - as well."

But it seemed like every drive came with trouble. Receiver Cornelius Johnson fumbled the football away after catching an 18-yard pass on Michigan's first drive of the game, then Milton failed to pick up the necessary yardage on a fourth-and-1 play on the next drive. The Wolverines went three-and-out on their third drive, then had to settle for a 49-yard field goal by Quinn Nordin (that he missed) after Giles Jackson failed to come up with a third-down catch down the left sideline. Milton was 5 of 12 for 89 yards before coming out of the game for McNamara, a redshirt freshman, with Michigan already trailing 17-0. "There was nothing that Joe did wrong, or wasn't doing well," Harbaugh said. "(We) had the idea of both of them playing. And Cade came in and he got pretty darn hot." - Ann Arbor News


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  11/21/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  After a promising start to the season against Minnesota, Joe Milton has struggled in the three games since. While he still showed glimpses of his potential against Michigan State and Indiana, he looked uncomfortable against the Badgers and was pulled in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman Cade McNamara came in and was sensational on his first drive, completing all three passes for 74 yards and a score, but he connected on just one of his next four passes for no gain. Coach Jim Harbaugh said after Saturday's loss that the staff needs to evaluate "everything" within his program. Could that signal a possible change at quarterback? We'll see. - Ann Arbor News

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  11/04/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Joe Milton didn't turn the ball over again and threw for 300 yards, but the poise he showed against the Golden Gophers wasn't there against MSU. The Wolverines were able to pick up chunk plays in Week 1 without Milton having to air it out downfield, but that wasn't the case versus the Spartans. Milton didn't look as comfortable in the pocket Saturday, which partly can be attributed to the pressure MSU was getting. But he also forced some throws that weren't there and, at times, was a little too quick to scramble when his first read wasn't open.

Overall, he completed just 32 of 51 attempts for zero touchdowns, while MSU's Rocky Lombardi threw for 323 yards and three scores on 17-of-32 passing. Milton did lead the team in rushing with 59 yards on 12 attempts, including picking up a hard-fought first down on a fourth-and-5 on Michigan's final drive. But overall, he was outplayed by Lombardi, by a lot. Michigan punted on eight of 12 possessions Saturday. - Ann Arbor News


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  10/28/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  It was only one game, but consider Urban Meyer impressed. The retired former Ohio State head coach-turned college football analyst appeared on Big Ten Network Monday to recap Week 1 in the league, and he liked what Michigan was doing. The Wolverines nearly compiled 500 yards of total offense, never turned the football over and rolled to a 49-24 road win at Minnesota. "Boy, I went back and rewatched it - and I thought (Josh) Gattis did a heck of a job," Meyer told host Rick Pizzo. "That's a legitimate spread offense." Meyer, who once called Michigan's quarterback a "Cam Newton lookalike" for his strong arm, large frame and ability to run, said Joe Milton "has options" in the new offense. Four different running backs got carries on Saturday, while Milton (15-22, 225 yards, TD) completed at least one pass to nine different players. "He wasn't a real aggressive runner, a good runner, but I just think he's going to get better and better," Meyer said. "He is a giant athlete, and his ball comes out (quickly) from the release point." - Ann Arbor News

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  10/24/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Joe Milton accounted for two touchdowns in an unflappable debut at quarterback for No. 18 Michigan, and the Wolverines trampled No. 21 Minnesota with 258 rushing yards in a 49-24 victory Saturday night to open the virus-delayed season. Zach Charbonnet had a 70-yard scoring run in the first quarter to set the tone for Michigan's dominance on offense, one of five rushing touchdowns. Donovan Jeter followed by scoring on a 15-yard scoop of an airborne fumble forced by a blitzing Michael Barrett, one of five sacks by the Wolverines. Minnesota's Tanner Morgan passed for 188 yards and a touchdown, with two turnovers. Barrett added a 66-yard kickoff return to set up Milton's scoring pass to Ben Mason that capped a 21-point first quarter to spur the Wolverines to their 13th win in the last 15 conference openers.

They have not lost at Minnesota in the battle for the Little Brown Jug trophy since 1977. With the Wolverines leading 28-17 late in the second quarter, Gophers coach P.J. Fleck ordered a fake punt on fourth-and-4 at their own 31, an obvious sign of how overwhelmed their defense was throughout the game. Tight end Ko Kieft, who gave the Gophers a 7-0 lead with his touchdown catch, took the snap as the upback but was stuffed for a 2-yard loss. Hassan Haskins rushed six times for 82 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolverines, whose only obvious mistakes were on special teams - allowing a blocked punt in the first quarter and three missed field goals by Jake Moody. - Michigan/AP College Football


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  10/22/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Michigan defensive tackle Carlo Kemp knew back in 2018 when Joe Milton was a freshman quarterback that there was something different about the 6-foot-5, 243-pounder. And it was more than just Milton's cannon arm on display running the scout team that wowed him. Fast forward to this abbreviated Big Ten season that will begin Saturday when the Wolverines play at Minnesota, as Milton prepares to take over at quarterback. "(I thought), 'OK, this guy, right here, when it's his time, it'll be his time, and it will be very special,'" Kemp said Monday, referring to Milton. "Now he's grown up into his third year with the same guys he used to lead on the scout team. All of them have developed, gotten better, and he's gotten better himself.

"Seeing all that come to fruition is incredible. What we have at quarterback this year is a very special leader, a very special guy, and I'm very excited for him." Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh would not name official starters at any positions because of COVID-19 testing and the possibility that players could test positive and would have to sit. But with that in mind, he essentially said Monday that Milton is the starter with Cade McNamara not far behind as the backup. "He's shown a lot of great things," Harbaugh said of Milton. "Joe has been running with the ones. He's made a lot of strides, getting a lot of reps, as well as Cade McNamara, who has closed all gaps, as well. He's playing extremely well. Really good command of the offense, showing a real savviness and also a lot of talent." - Detroit News


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  10/22/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Harbaugh cited daily testing of players as one reason for his reluctance to name a starter for Saturday's game, saying a positive test could derail any player's standing on the team. "Right up until game time," Harbaugh said. "Tough for me to say that definitely anybody is going to be starting. They have to test on Friday before we leave, to be able to make the trip, and they have to test negative on game day to be able to play." Even so, the 6-foot-5, 243-pound Milton remains the frontrunner for the job thanks to his large frame, experience in the system and his uniquely strong arm, something Harbaugh referenced on Monday.

The challenge this offseason was to get Milton, of Pahokee, Fla., to dial back some of that strength. Harbaugh says he put in the "necessary" and "appropriate" work to do that. "He really took to heart to throw passes with touch," Harbaugh said. "I think he made a lot of growth in that way (while) putting the appropriate elevation on the ball. He's really made it a catchable ball." Milton entered the offseason in what was billed as a three-man race for the starting job, with McNamara and redshirt junior Dylan McCaffrey. But McCaffrey has since opted not to play this season while he weighs a transfer, paving the way for Milton or McNamara to take the job. - Ann Arbor News


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  10/17/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  There's a lot to like about Milton. After reviewing film, he's sold me on his ability to escape the pocket and pick up yards as needed. His big, bulky frame makes him difficult to tackle, giving Michigan an upgrade in that department. But his arm remains the wildcard here. It's stronger than anything Michigan has seen in a long, long time, perhaps ever. Milton can throw the deep ball, but is going to need to take some zip off his short and intermediate throws to avoid turnovers. I can see why folks are so excited about him. To help the make the jump this season, Milton is going to need protection up front and receivers that can get open. He's also lost his primary deep-ball threat in Nico Collins. - Ann Arbor News

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  10/01/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Earlier this month, after the Big Ten reversed course and announced a nine-game football season this fall on Sept. 16, redshirt junior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey made the decision to opt out of the season with plans to transfer. That leaves Milton, a redshirt sophomore, and McNamara, who redshirted the 2019 season, as the two most experienced players at the position. Milton, who's appeared in eight games as a backup and packs a strong arm, is considered the frontrunner. "We've been watching them every day in practice, and it's going really well," Harbaugh said. "The leadership - we've had plenty of guys step up in leadership capacities, and definitely Joe Milton has done that. "Cade's a year younger, but he's doing that as well." Last week, Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis called Milton, a Pahokee, Fla., native, one of the most improved players on the team this offseason. While his leadership has stood out, so has Milton's pocket presence, delivery and ability to read a defense. "Every day out there, he makes some type of 'wow' play," Gattis said. "Those 'wow' plays are not just 'wow' plays in college football, but they'd be 'wow' plays on Sundays." - Ann Arbor News

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  09/24/20 - QB Joe MiltonrSo/2023, Michigan, 6-4, 243 (DS#15 QB) + More +

  Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, preparing for his second season calling plays, can't stop gushing about first-year starting quarterback Joe Milton. Gattis spoke of Milton as a "special talent" Wednesday during a Zoom call with reporters and said he has improved in every facet of the game. Whether Milton will have receiver Nico Collins to throw to remains up in the air. But a positive for the Wolverines came last week when right tackle Jalen Mayfield decided to return after opting out following the Big Ten's decision to postpone the season on Aug. 11. Mayfield changed course when the Big Ten announced last week an eight-game season with a plus-one crossover game will begin Oct. 24.

Milton, 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds, is known for his rocket arm, but Gattis said he has not only worked on accuracy and touch, but also his leadership skills. He will be backed up by Cade McNamara. Dylan McCaffrey, the backup to Shea Patterson the last two seasons, has decided to opt out and will transfer after he graduates in December. "Joe's got a special talent," Gattis said. "He's a quarterback that's blessed with a tremendous skillset. He has every throw in the bag plus the extra club that you don't necessarily need to carry all the time." - Detroit News


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