Joe Milton may be the third string quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines, but that's not stopping him from setting his sights on something bigger.
The competition for the starting role is already underway, though formal workouts don't begin until spring.
“Nothing been in my mind to go somewhere else,” Milton said. “Just being patient and humble. It’s going to come one day.”
In the meantime, Milton is also working on being more vocal and being viewed as a leader for the team. While he may not have been outspoken in the past, he's changing that.
“When I was younger, I was never outspoken,” Milton explained. “When I wanted to say something, I never spoke. Now that I am who I am now, taking the leadership classes and being in the role now, I speak when I want to speak.”
He was also noticeably more outspoken in practice, helping along other players when things weren't going as well for them.
“Pick your head up and do your thing and don’t worry about nothing,” Milton said that he would tell them. “When coaches say something, it’s not bad. It’s not to you. They’re just trying to help you.”
Linebacker Cam McGrone confirmed this, taking notice of Milton's leadership skills.
“Just seeing him around, talking to the receivers, the O-linemen during games, coming up to the defense and making sure we’re pumped and level-headed,” McGrone said. “It’s very slight, but it goes a long way.”
Milton saw action in four games this season for Michigan, going 3-of-7 for 57 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
– – Quotes courtesy of Aaron McCann of MLive Link– –