Yes he hasn't played a lot this season but the times he has been in the offense moved well and he throws a better ball than Patterson. I feel confident in him. Hope he doesn't transfer.
I had heard from a Sam Webb podcast a while ago that Wilton still hasn't found a school and an MLive article says he'd come back if She wasn't in the picture (link). From what I recall, Memphis was an option at one time, but that has since closed up.
Anyway, how would you say this impacts--if at all--the Michigan QB contest of 2018? Are there rules that would limit his ability to come back to the team? Would anyone here be interested to see Wilton back at the helm?
This post is not about the coaching in today's game. I want to solely focus on Brandon Peters and whether or not he is still considered the favorite to start against Notre Dame next season.
Before today I was firmly in the "Peters will win the job" camp. I liked how he played in his limited time this season and watched enough Shea Patterson highlights to know that his game relied on improv and a bit of luck. However after watching the game today, I'm immediately changing my stance. Peters was very innacurate today. He made some good throws here and there, but many of his passes were either a little off or completely off. He also looked very unsure of himself at times, very indecisive. You cannot be a good quarterback at this level with that kind of innaccuracy and indecision. Also, and this is just how it appears to me, he seems a little too soft... I mean he left the game for one play because someone poked him in the eye... really. I have a hard time believing that he needed to come off the field. He also doesn't seem to shake off hits very well, laying on the ground for extended periods of time, which leads me to believe that he gets rattled easily and may have played into his indecision today.
Shea was largely an improvisational QB at Ole Miss but, considering the quality of Michigan's offensive line, that might be exactly what this team needs. I'm watching the UCF/Auburn game right now and Auburn is getting a ton of pressure on McKenzie Milton but they can't get to him because of his ability to avoid the rush and throw on the run (with some weird Matthew Stafford esque arm angles). Shea has a similar ability to make plays when the play breaks down. It's one of the reasons why he was considered a five star QB coming out of high school.
It's a long off season and anything can happen, but as of right now my money is on Shea Patterson winning the starting QB job over Brandon Peters.
EDIT: I thought that if I posed my question in a thought provoking way with some evidence to back up my opinion I might get some equally interesting comments. I can see I was wrong. All I've created here is more bile. I was foolish and I apologize for contributing to the poison infecting the board. It appears that even though this site is dedicated to a university as intelligent and respected as Michigan, this is still the internet.
Joe Milton enrolling early. One wonders if this is related to Speight's announcement, opening up room already by January?
Peters, McCaffrey, and Milton have something in common that their predecessors did not: fully recruited QB's by Jim Harbaugh.
I got the feeling this year that they did not want to play Peters at all, and felt their hand was forced--like, they wanted him not just to be ready, but to play at All-American level right out of the gate.
I think we'll be taking a huge step up at QB in 2018, and that it will probably be McCaffrey. I also think that we will see both of those things to be true already at the spring game.
The Polynesian Bowl draft was held yesterday and the rosters were announced. All of the Michigan commits except Kurt Taylor (Dylan McCaffrey, Chuck Filiaga, Joshua Ross, & Phil Paea) got drafted by Team Ronnie Stanley. Nico Collins unfortunately got drafted by Team Marcus Mariota. There is only one Georgia commit in the game (WR Mark Webb) who is also on Team Mariota.
It looks like Corey Malone-Hatcher could not play in the game because he enrolled early at Michigan. I didn't see Jay Tufele or Oliver Martin on either roster as both were originally announced as committed to playing in the game. Game is on Saturday at 8PM PT streaming live on ESPN3.
Over on ESPNU is Dylan McCaffrey vs Davis Mills (Stanford committ). The game just started and McCaffrey already has a bad pick - an underthrown long ball after a flea flicker from his brother. Should be a good game between two of the best HS QB's in the country.