J.J. McCarthy led Michigan to a National Championship Game victory over Washington on Monday night.
All season long questions lingered about whether McCarthy’s play would ultimately be the Wolverines’ Achilles heel when it mattered most. Nobody doubted the program’s stout defense. The only big unknown was how the offense would play with the bright lights on them.
In the end, McCarthy did exactly what was asked of him. While 10-of-18 passing for 140 yards doesn’t exactly jump off the page, it came in game-management capacity that perfectly suited what Michigan needed out of the offense.
Blake Corum got just enough space to run roughshod over Washington’s defense – and that is all the Wolverines asked McCarthy to create.
After the game, video of McCarthy getting intimate with his girlfriend Katya Kuropas set the internet ablaze:
J.J. McCarthy with his family after winning the Natty pic.twitter.com/K3LKnFUyzt
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 9, 2024
You will recall, last year in the College Football playoff, Kuropas went viral when McCarthy’s dad got a bit handsy with her. In the aftermath, a series of her provocative photos leaked out online.
This year – things went much differently. She largely stayed out of the limelight and was on hand to watch her beau bring home a National Championship to Michigan.
In a college football 24-hour span where a Michigan cheerleader’s racy photos leaked out, Michael Penix Jr.’s girlfriend’s provocative pictures caused a stir and a Washington cheerleader went viral over her raunchy snaps, Kuropas kept things really low key.
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 9, 2024
The question now is what awaits her and McCarthy.
While Monday evening’s result speaks for itself, it’s safe to say that the quarterback position played a minimal role in the Wolverines’ final result.
Will McCarthy spend the offseason developing as a quarterback? Will he and Kuropas eventually become the Patrick Mahomes-Brittany Mahomes power couple that college football desperately needs? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.