Cade McNamara is coming for Joe Milton's job: 'We're going to open it up'

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When Michigan takes on Rutgers this weekend looking to snap a three-game losing streak, it might have a new starter under center.

Cade McNamara is coming for Joe Milton's job.

Jim Harbaugh said in his weekly press conference Monday that the QB competition is officially back open. Milton and McNamara will both get reps with the first-team offense this week in practice.

“We’re going to open it up,” Harbaugh said. “There will be competition. Both will see action with the 1’s throughout this week.”

It’s not a surprise given Milton’s struggles thus far. After a strong season-opening performance against Minnesota, the sophomore has thrown three touchdowns and four interceptions in the last three games, all losses.

He was pulled in favor of McNamara in the second half of Michigan’s blowout loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. McNamara promptly led the Wolverines on their only touchdown drive of the game, capped off by a 23-yard pass to Mike Sainristil.

A highly-regarded recruit in 2019, McNamara had offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame. He was the No. 7-ranked pro style QB in the country and the top-ranked recruit overall from the state of Nevada, according to 247 Sports.

Now he could be stepping into the starting role for Michigan.