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Michigan Lands Another Transfer QB In Illinois' Jeff George Jr.

George expects to compete for playing time in 2018.

June 13, 2018 - 11:39 am
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Add another quarterback to the mix in Ann Arbor. Illinois grad transfer Jeff George Jr. announced his plans on Tuesday night to use his final two seasons of eligibility at Michigan.

George expects to compete for playing time in 2018 with fellow transfer Shea Patterson, redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton.

"I'm going to Michigan as long as my grad school application gets accepted. I saw it as the best opportunity for me, and Coach Harbaugh is giving me the chance to compete, which is all I’m asking for. Also, Michigan is an unbelievable program with great history and I’m looking forward to contributing to that in any way possible," George told The Wolverine

In parts of two seasons at Illinois, George threw for 1,743 yards, 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. In seven games last season he completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,273 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

He made the first start of his career in Illinois' 41-8 loss at Michigan in 2016, completing just 4 of 15 passes for 95 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Harbaugh nevertheless praised him afterward, comparing George to his father, who was a 13-year quarterback in the NFL. 

"He was impressive getting his first action. Looking at him through the face mask, I saw a lot of his dad. There’s no doubt that that’s Jeff George Jr., no denying that it’s his son. I thought that he acquitted himself very well today," Harbaugh said. 

It's unclear at this point if George will join Michigan as a scholarship player or a walk-on. Harbaugh did say earlier this month that Michigan is under the 85 scholarships limit for the 2018 season. 

Harbaugh has yet to name a starting quarterback for 2018, and likely won't until the arrival of Michigan's season opener Sept. 1 at Notre Dame. Patterson is the favorite to win the job.