J.J. McCarthy

QB, · Michigan

HISTORY — From College Profile


At Michigan
• All-Big Ten selection (third team, coaches, second team, media in 2022)
• Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2022)
• Two-year letterman (2021-22)
• Named the team's Offensive Player of the Year (2022)
• Shared team Offensive Rookie of the Year honors (2021)
• Semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (2022)
• Has appeared in 25 games at quarterback with 13 starts

Sophomore (2022)
• Appeared in all 14 games with 13 starts under center; completed 208-of-322 pass attempts for 2,719 yards (No. 8 single-season, U-M history) with 22 touchdowns (tied-No. 6) and five interceptions; added 306 rushing yards with five touchdowns on 70 attempts to earn his second varsity letter
• All-Big Ten selection (third team, coaches, second team, media)
• Semifinalist, Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
• Named the team's Offensive Player of the Year
• Four times, shared Offensive Player of the Game honors for his performance at Iowa, at Indiana, at Rutgers, at Ohio State
• Named one of the Davey O'Brien Great 8 Quarterbacks of the Week following his performance at Indiana
• Shared Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Illinois
• Ran for 50 yards including a 20-yard touchdown run, also went four-of-four passing against Colorado State (Sept. 3)
• In his first career start, went 11-of-12 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns against Hawaii (Sept. 10)
• Starting against UConn (Sept. 17), completed 15-of-18 passes for 214 yards and had a 14-yard run
• Went 18-of-26 passing for 220 yards with two touchdowns starting against Maryland (Sept. 24)
• Went 18-of-24 passing for 155 yards with a touchdown at Iowa (Oct. 1)
• Registered his first 300-yard game (304) with three touchdowns on 28-of-36 passing at Indiana (Oct. 8)
• In a start against Penn State (Oct. 15), rushed for 57 yards on top of 145 yards passing
• Had one touchdown passing with 167 yards and another 50 yards rushing in a start against Michigan State (Oct. 29)
• Threw two touchdowns on 13-of-27 passing and ran for another at Rutgers (Nov. 5)
• Threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in a start against Nebraska (Nov. 12)
• Starting under center against Illinois (Nov. 19), completed 18-of-34 pass attempts for 208 yards
• Totaled four touchdowns (one rushing) on 12-of-24 passing for 263 yards at Ohio State (Nov. 26)
• Delivered three touchdown passes on 11-of-17 passing for 161 yards and ran for 14 yards against Purdue in the Big Ten Championship (Dec. 3)
• Set a career-high with 343 passing yards on 20-of-34 passing against TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl/CFP Semifinal (Dec. 31), accounting for three touchdowns (one rushing) and two-point conversion rushing; included a career-long 39-yard run

Freshman (2021)
• Appeared in 11 games under center; completed 34-of-59 pass attempts for 516 yards with five touchdowns to two interceptions and added 124 yards rushing and two scores to earn his first varsity letter
• Shared team Offensive Rookie of the Year honors
• In his U-M debut against Western Michigan (Sept. 4), completed 4-of-6 pass attempts for 80 yards with a 69-yard touchdown strike
• Went 4-of-6 passing for 42 yards and moved the chains with a 16-yard rush against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18)
• Completed a 56-yard touchdown strike at Wisconsin (Oct. 2) and added a rushing touchdown, the first of his career, in limited action
• Ran three times for 17 yards and also attempted a pass at Nebraska (Oct. 9)
• Passed five times with three completions for 34 yards against Northwestern (Oct. 23) and ran twice for 36 yards
• Completed three-of-four pass attempts with a 17-yard touchdown pass and three rush attempts at Michigan State (Oct. 30)
• Went 5-of-10 passing for 55 yards and one interception against Indiana (Nov. 6)
• Completed all five pass attempts for 58 yards and one touchdown at Maryland (Nov. 20) and ran for another
• Completed a 31-yard pass and picked up a first down rushing against Ohio State (Nov. 27)
• Went 1-of-3 passing and rushed four times for 23 yards and also threw a key block to spring a touchdown against Iowa in the Big Ten Championship (Dec. 4)
• Registered career-highs with 7-of-17 passing for 131 yards with one touchdown and 24 yards rushing against Georgia in the Capital One Orange Bowl/CFP Semifinal (Dec. 31)

• Attended IMG Academy (2021) coached by Bobby Acosta
• Also attended Nazareth High School in La Grange Park, Ill., coached by Tim Racki
• Helped IMG finish 8-0 as a senior, out-scoring its opponents 381-82 during the season
• IMG finished the season as the 2020 National Champions; ranked No. 1 in MaxPrep’s final 2020 High School Football Rankings
• Led Nazareth to a 13-1 record and the Class 7A state title as a sophomore in 2018
• Helped Nazareth reach the state title game in 2017 and 2019 as well
• Also played lacrosse at Nazareth
• Academic All-State selection at Nazareth

Key Statistics
• Finished his high school career with a 36-2 record as a starter
• Accumulated 7,905 career pass yards with 94 touchdowns and 13 interceptions
• As a senior, went 92-of-165 passing (57 percent) for 1,392 yards with 16 touchdown passes and no interceptions; added one rushing score
• Threw for 2,820 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park (Ill.)
• As a sophomore in 2018, completed 182-of-240 passes (76 percent) for 3,448 yards with 39 touchdowns and four interceptions; also scored two rushing touchdowns

Honors and Rankings
• Earned a 247Sports Composite ranking of five stars; the No. 22 overall player nationally, the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and the No. 7 player in the state of Florida; ranked as the No. 1 player in Illinois
• Named a four-star prospect by 247Sports; the No. 35 overall player in the nation, the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and the No. 9 in the state of Florida
• Member of the ESPN300; four-star prospect, the 23rd overall player nationally, the No. 2 quarterback and the No. 7 overall prospect in the state of Florida
• Rivals.com four-star prospect; 41st-rated prospect in the country, the No. 4 quarterback nationally and the No. 10 player in Florida
• Selected to participate in the 2021 All-American Bowl and 2021 Polynesian Bowl all-star games
• Elite 11 selection
• MasPreps Florida High School Football Player of the Year in 2020
• News-Gazette All-State Illinois Player of the Year (2019); the first underclassman to win the honor in 25 years of eligibility
• Chicago Tribune Offensive Chicago Pioneer Press Offensive Player of the Year (2019)
• Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Selection
• Two-time EDGYTIM/Rivals.com All-State selection in Illinois (2018-19)




• J.J. McCarthy was born Jan. 20, 2003
• Son of Jim and Megan McCarthy
• Also an accomplished hockey player


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