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Alex Orji is determined to implement Jim Harbaugh’s advice to fill JJ McCarthy’s absence

Jim Harbaugh is a smart, smart man. Although he left Michigan due to internal disputes with AD, he made sure to hand the reins over to the people who would keep Maize and Blue Spirit running. Sherrone Moore is already proving himself worthy with his staff replacements and changes to NIL policy. Now it’s up to JJ McCarthy’s most likely successor, Alex Orji, to make this season all about him.

Inheriting the starting QB role at a college that went without a single loss last season and of course a National Championship will put Orji in a precarious situation. Amid the sky-high expectations, Orji finds himself turning to Jim Harbaugh’s pearls of wisdom. “Accuracy is what gets you a job. All those extracurricular activities…that will get you a job,” were the golden words Jim Harbaugh left Orji with.

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Speaking of accuracy, JJ McCarthy has set some high standards for Orji with his 7.23% completion rate in 2023. However, the junior year player proved in the Spring match that he could use his legs to become a formidable force who also has great power. arm to throw. While JJ McCarthy was the star of the show for the past two seasons, Orji left little to no chance for action. But during the one time he was allowed to play, Orji managed 15 rushing attempts, recording 86 yards and a touchdown, for a 5.7 average in 2023.

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Still, Alex Orji will have to fight for his QB1 position. There are three competitors: Davis Warren, Jayden Denegal and Jack Tuttle, although the latter is currently sidelined with an undisclosed injury. However, Orji seems to be the dominant candidate on this list with everything he brings to the table, especially his unique qualities.

How is Alex Orji different from JJ McCarthy?

JD Pickell believes Orji’s changeup pitch makes him a game changer for Michigan. JJ McCarthy’s strategy as a QB worked, making him a 27-1 QB. But Orji comes in with his unique set of QB mannerisms. JJ McCarthy always argued with the third level of defense: mainly the safety part. For Orji, this would be the second level of defense, the linebacker.

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“The linebacker is tired of having to trigger and hit the running back and get there flat-footed because he can’t really tell who has the ball, so he triggers quickly, Pickell said and explained.

If he does, boom, Alex Orji around the corner, read option. Now we’re going to set up the band. Still 40-yard touchdowns. Just different conditions on how you get it done,” Pickell explained it on ON3. Will this style of play be enough to impress Moore and co. and get him the QB1 spot?

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