Speight Appreciation Thread

Submitted by chickenpotpie on September 23rd, 2017 at 8:02 PM

All of his flaws aside, I wish him a good recovery, and thank him for leading us to 13-3 as a starter.

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Comments

Lakeyale13

September 23rd, 2017 at 8:04 PM ^

Get better good buddy.  Thank you for last year.  Prayers sent your way.  Fortunately, you can heal with a capable back up leading he offense.  Unfortunately, when you come back, you may not have the same job.  #Meritocracy

stephenrjking

September 23rd, 2017 at 8:04 PM ^

Even if O'Korn solifies a hold on the role (sure looks like it today) chances are good we'll need Speight to step up in a key role again. And I'll feel good about him there.

Mr. Yost

September 23rd, 2017 at 8:09 PM ^

I've been a huge O'Korn guy even after last year when he looked terrible. But just like we needed O'Korn today, we may need Speight down the road and now we know we have 2 guys who can lead us to W's.

That said, it's going to be tough because whenever one struggles, we're going to want the other one even more. They both better be ready to play!

Get well, Wilton. Get better, OL.

AA Forever

September 23rd, 2017 at 9:30 PM ^

that we don't have two guys who can lead us to wins against decent teams.  It's not even sure we have one, but if we do, it is O'Korn, absolutely and without question.

Speight looked absolutely lost out there.  There is no way he can run this offense.

You Only Live Twice

September 23rd, 2017 at 10:40 PM ^

If OKorn started you'd have said he looked lost until coaching staff made the necessary adjustments and put the O in a better position.  I am grateful that JOK stepped up to the job but he turned the ball over once too, wasn't his fault just like some of Speight's TOs have not been his fault.

Also, the offensive unit stepped up their game after Speight got hurt.

Really, unless you have walked in their shoes, played, coached, what do you know?

Nothing is "absolutely and without question" to armchair observers like you and me.

 

Lakeyale13

September 23rd, 2017 at 9:17 PM ^

Has Speight looked capable of leading a Big Ten Championship Team, much less a National Championship team this year?  He looks to have made little to no progress over last year.  I don't wish anyone to get hurt.  I hope he comes back and is 100%, but I don' think there is much objective evidence that he should be the leader of our offense.

BlueWon

September 23rd, 2017 at 9:28 PM ^

which is exactly why we need a guy who can navigate the pocket to give our speedy TE's torch LB's.

I texted a friend in Q1 that we might not be a top 20 team but after JOK righted the ship I'd say we are more of a top five threat with Dr. Brown's incredible defense that gave up just 10 yards in total offense in the second half.

His adjustmenst to PU's misdirections were incredible.

chewieblue

September 23rd, 2017 at 8:05 PM ^

we actually opened up some actual non 3 tight formations after he left. Not sure how Jim expects to move the ball consistently by constantly bringing 9 defenders into the box. Makes NO sense to me.

BoFlex

September 23rd, 2017 at 8:09 PM ^

Speight's not done yet... It is not 100% a given that Harbaugh is going to bench a healthy Speight for John O'Korn, but even if JOK finishes out the season as the starter, he'll be done at the end of the season.

Speight on the other hand still has a redshirt senior year to play, and will probably be the leading contender next season.