Harbaugh: U-M's QB decision 'biblical' in nature

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh referenced the Bible and Solomon when explaining his decision to use different starting quarterbacks in the team's first two games.

Jim Harbaugh calls Michigan Wolverines' decision to start QBs Cade McNamara, J.J. McCarthy one game each 'biblical' in nature play Hail to the Victors! Michigan ready to build off of last season (1:12) Get ready for Michigan's season as the Wolverines look to build off their playoff appearance last season. (1:12) 1:16 PM ET Adam RittenbergESPN Senior Writer Close College football reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2008. Graduate of Northwestern University. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh referenced the Bible and Solomon when explaining his decision to use different starting quarterbacks in the team's first two games. The eighth-ranked Wolverines will begin with Cade McNamara , who started at quarterback throughout last season, for this week's opener against Colorado State . Sophomore J.J. McCarthy will make his first career start for the Wolverines on Sept. 10 against Hawai'i . Harbaugh on Monday said both quarterbacks will see time in both games , and possibly longer. "No person, that's biblical, no person knows what the future holds," Harbaugh said. "It's a process and it's going to be based on performance, but we're not going to withhold any good thing. Both have been tremendous quarterbacks. We think that both are capable of leading our team to a championship." Editor's Picks U-M's McNamara, McCarthy to start 1 game each 2d Tom VanHaaren Big Ten college football preview: Which quarterbacks will step up this season? 11d Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren The 20 teams that can make the College Football Playoff 4d Heather Dinich 2 Related McNamara in 2021 helped Michigan to its first outright Big Ten championship since 2003 and the team's first-ever College Football Playoff appearance. He had 2,576 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, while completing 64.2% of his attempts. McCarthy, a higher-rated recruit than McNamara, saw time in 11 games off the bench, recording 516 pass yards, 124 rush yards and seven touchdowns (five pass, two rush). Rated by ESPN as the No. 25 overall recruit in the 2021 class, McCarthy was limited during spring practice with a throwing shoulder injury. "Some people have asked, 'How did you come to that decision? Was it based on some kind of NFL model?'" Harbaugh said. "No, it's really based biblical. Solomon, he was known to be a pretty wise person." Harbaugh said the possibility of one quarterback entering the transfer portal did not factor in his decision to alternate starters.