Future Blue Derivatives: Brandon Peters Comment Count

Ace July 18th, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Previously: Kareem Walker & Michael Dwumfour

A couple weeks after Dave and I saw Brandon Peters's stellar game against Ben Davis in person, Peters played a televised game against Brownsburg, which featured their own star quarterback in 2017 five-star Hunter Johnson. Peters led Avon to a blowout victory with a virtuoso performance, completing 20/28 passes for 335 yards (12.0 YPA), six touchdowns, and an interception on a great throw that was ripped out of his receiver's hands in the end zone.

Here's every throw from that game save for a two-minute portion that wasn't in the full game video—we're missing a touchdown pass, but everything else is there.

The first two throws on the reel display one of Peters's best characteristics: his ability to adjust his throws depending on the situation. At the 0:10 mark, with a receiver—one who'd drop a hard-thrown, catchable ball later in the game—open underneath for a first down, Peters makes an easy toss in a spot where the receiver can easily secure it, turn, and get some YAC. Seeing that throw in a vacuum might make you question Peters's arm strength, but on the next play he uncorks an inch-perfect deep ball down the sideline for a touchdown.

Peters displays solid pocket presence. He's athletic enough to elude free rushers while still keeping his eyes downfield, though he can occasionally do that to a fault—0:59 is a example of this going right, and the very next clip, in which Peters fumbles because he holds the ball too long and doesn't sense the pressure behind him, shows how it can sometimes go very wrong.

Otherwise, there's little to critique. Peters gets the ball out quickly and accurately, puts the ball in spots that maximize YAC, and shows off excellent arm strength when he has to—see the throw 3:58 for evidence. While his mechanics aren't perfect—he fades off to the side a little on that throw—there's nothing in there that can't be fixed rather easily, especially by coaches the caliber of Harbaugh and Fisch.



July 18th, 2016 at 4:11 PM ^

Kid has all the intangibles. He does have a few mechanical issues and needs to learn to look off a safety on a deep ball, something he will need at the next level. But with Fisch and Harbaugh working with this kid, no reason to believe for the 2017 season he will be right in the thick of the competition.


July 19th, 2016 at 8:31 AM ^

I must say there has to be so many frustrated coaches in the world these days, looking off the safety and looking to the next level are not mechanical issues? In fact if you watched the film then you see very few issues at all! This kid should have been a five star, and anyone who thinks differently has no idea what a good football player he is. Look, I hate the direction that college football is going, not only are we making millions of dollars on the back of these young man, but we also need to make them a part of this meat market called star gazing, and constantly reviewing their talents by people who are not capable of doing so. I think the Michigan coaches are up to the task and have proven skills and knowledge to do so! So, let's leave it to them.


July 18th, 2016 at 4:24 PM ^

there might be a tendency to discount the velocity while watching some of the highlights-- sort of the QB equivalent of those runners with long strides that end up being "deceptively fast" while looking like they're just loping along. From the receiver's point of view, it looks like such a catchable ball and Ace's point about ball placement for YAC is spot on (ahem, see what I did there?)

Very exciting. Could be a future Grandmaster of the Hennechart. 


July 18th, 2016 at 5:21 PM ^

He looks like a good prospect, but he just has a lot to work on. You can tell he hadn't worked with a private QB coach or had the tutoring some other guys have had. Still, there's a lot of natural talent there.

Future Us

July 18th, 2016 at 6:00 PM ^

He was screwing around on his phone while on stage at signing with the stars. Also ripped Herbert for his recent commitment video. I think his major weakness might be leadership/maturity. 


July 19th, 2016 at 11:11 AM ^

If you hear Peters speak he definitely comes off as a gawky teenager.  Not in a bad way, just a normal 17/18 year old kid kind of way.  I think we're used to highly polished, articulate and confident young guys coming to Michigan and sounding older than they are, but we have to remeber that's not always the norm with 18 year olds.  Peters isn't quite there, but there's nothing to suggest he isnt a good kid. McCaffrey does have that prenatural "old soul" and mature polish for his age, but he had the advantage of being raised a McCaffrey.


July 18th, 2016 at 10:00 PM ^

I do think that at QB you will find a lot of recruits that are "old souls." It's part of the mental make up for most QBs to be poised and good decision makers. Though there are the Manziels and Tate Martells of the world. I think we have seen with Shane Morris that it is something to take note of and can be detrimental to the long term potential of a QB.

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July 19th, 2016 at 8:38 AM ^

coming out of high school....my maturity level at its highest was about the level of Tom Delonge 2002 era, before the self titled album came out and it all became darker emo music.  (for those who don't know who I'm talking about, he's the guitarist from Blink 182.  Basically all dick and fart jokes).


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