What did Jim Harbaugh say about Jalen Milroe? ‘Backup’ comparison adds fuel to Michigan vs. Alabama fire

Jalen Milroe has had a rollercoaster of a 2023 season. The sophomore was benched early in the season after he failed to grab a hold of the starting job, but later solidified himself as the Tide’s top QB, helping Nick Saban’s crew to an SEC Championship. 

Now, Milroe and the Tide are two wins away from a national championship. Alabama takes on Michigan in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day with a spot in the title game on the line. 

The Texas native is a threat both in the passing and running game. Milroe enters the Rose Bowl having completed 65.5% of his passes for 2,718 yards, 23 touchdowns and six interceptions. With his legs, he’s added 468 rushing yards on 140 carries, finding the end zone 12 times. 

The strong back half of the season vaulted him into the Heisman conversation, but ultimately Milroe was not named one of the finalists. Still, it was impressive to see how far Milroe progressed from the start of the season to now. 

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Milroe may have dazzled in the opinions of some, but for Michigan head coach John Harbaugh might have a different point of view. His recent comments on the Tide’s quarterback may have added more fuel to the fire, which is never a good idea against a team run by Saban. 

Here is more on what exactly Harbaugh said about the Alabama quarterback:

What did Jim Harbaugh say about Jalen Milroe?

During one of Harbaugh’s press conferences in the lead-up to the Rose Bowl game against Alabama, the Michigan head coach was asked about his thoughts on Milroe and how the Wolverines planned to contain the mobile quarterback. 

Harbaugh had an interesting analysis for the Tide’s quarterback, comparison Milroe to Michigan’s backup quarterback Alex Orji. 

While it certainly seems like Harbaugh was trying to compliment both Milroe and Orji, it came across a bit backhanded considering how strong a season Milroe put up while Orji is lacking much playing experience at the college level. The No. 2 quarterback for the Wolverines, also a Texas native, has just one pass attempt and six carries over a span of two seasons in Ann Arbor. 

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Harbaugh may not have intended it to come across the way it did, but it’s quotes like that that are prime bulletin-board material for Alabama, especially Milroe. 


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