Michigan football QB Joe Milton to transfer, raising question to who'll start in 2021

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Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press
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Michigan football is expected to have a new starting quarterback next season.

Joe Milton entered the NCAA transfer portal Thursday, bringing about a sudden end to a career in Ann Arbor that took flight last October with a strong performance in the opener before it unraveled as the Wolverines limped to a 2-4 record.

Milton will have immediate eligibility when he picks his next school and will be available to play the next three years because he qualified for a redshirt in 2018.

There was hope Milton would become the first quarterback recruited out of high school by Jim Harbaugh to become a star for the Wolverines. With his 6-foot-5 frame, powerful arm and mobility, he drew comparisons to Cam Newton. When he emerged as the front-runner in the quarterback competition with Dylan McCaffrey last September, the hype surrounding Milton billowed. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis said he made "wow" plays in practice that would have stood out in NFL games.

But Milton, who struggled with his accuracy dating back to his days in high school, never played with any consistency. His throws routinely were off the mark with pass that flew wide, short and beyond the outstretched hands of his targeted receivers.

In six games, he completed 80 of 141 pass attempts for

"I want to thank Coach Harbaugh for giving me that opportunity to come play for a program with lots of tradition. I have bonds with my brothers that will last forever, I have decided to enter the transfer portal As a Grad transfer with three years of eligibility.

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This story will be updated.

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