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Michigan Football: Five Things We’ve Learned About The Offense This Spring

Michigan will conclude its spring practice Saturday with a scrimmage in the Big House, not open to media or anyone but family. We’ve gleaned plenty about Jim Harbaugh’s seventh team heading into the April 10 contest — here are several things we’ve learned about this squad, starting with the offense.

Quarterback Cade McNamara has a leg up on the competition, but he's not the guaranteed starter

The redshirt freshman had some really nice moments last year, particularly at the end of the Wisconsin game and throughout the Rutgers game when he led U-M back from 17 down for a win. We didn’t get to see much of what he could do when it mattered against a solid defensive team in Penn State before he got hurt — the game plan seemed to be to get the ball out quickly and was more lateral than downfield — and the final numbers (12-for-21, 95 yards) were skewed by his shoulder injury.

Freshman J.J. MccCarthy has a bright future, but he’s been inconsistent and is still learning the playbook. It’s clear Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman will have a shot here, and it’s good they brought him in. He might be more than just solid depth.

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Michigan Wolverines football quarterback Cade McNamara
Michigan Wolverines football quarterback Cade McNamara is No. 1 on the depth chart ... for now. (USA Today Sports Images)

The offensive line is young and talented, but they're still figuring out the two deep

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