Speight is a dude

Submitted by Alumnus93 on September 24th, 2016 at 10:57 PM

I am beginning to think that we are witnessing the next Qb to continue the line of Michigan Qbs starting in the NFL....  Of all the success recently with the wins and such, the biggest revelation, by far, is the improvement and rise of Wilton Speight.  I've been watching him intently on every play....and am floored what Harbaugh has done here... this trumps his mentoring of Rich Gannon, a career journeyman turned top fantasy mvp star under Harbaugh. QB Whisperer, AMEN...  Speight is pulling a ton of tricks and moves from nowhere, eluding pressure at an NFL level like Big Ben, continuing plays he had no business doing a year ago, just incredibly heady play all around. His pocket presence is fantastic.  When I read he was way ahead of Rudock, I didn't believe it... fact is, it is not even close.  Going forward, even on a low improvement level, we are looking at a starting NFL Qb in Speight, especially with another year here.   His story may parallel Brady's time here somewhat.... was on the verge of transferring, behind the newcomer, yet perservered, and playing on Sundays.  

Sure, I may be getting too forward on my skis here, but I cannot imagine I'm the only one who noticed the extremely proper Qb play by Speight in all facets, especially at eluding pressure.

Comments

JonnyHintz

September 25th, 2016 at 12:00 AM ^

He's been good. I'd argue he's better than Rudock was at this point last year. But he hasn't been spectacular. He's been exactly what he needs to be so far. And that's more than good enough. I didn't see anything special today. In fact, I saw more he needs to improve on than things that impressed me. I don't see the point of this thread.

Sommy

September 24th, 2016 at 11:03 PM ^

Let's pump the brakes there, chief.  Wilton has been reasonably good.  He has not been great, and this is against sub-par competition.  Let's see what he's got in the bag against Wisky next week.

1VaBlue1

September 24th, 2016 at 11:04 PM ^

Compare this to last week - when some brainiac said he'd rather have ND's Kizer than Speight.  LOL!!  Yeah, I'm confortable with Speight.

Honestly, I don't think it will be very long before Michigan has a backup QB selected in the draft, ala Matt Cassle.  This guy Harbaugh, he can coach a QB now...

rwilb

September 24th, 2016 at 11:06 PM ^

Cool your jets man, I'm pleased as well but we have seen one good secondary and he wasn't great against them. He had a number of easy throws that were off target today that concerned me a little. I trust harbaugh but it's way too early to make this declaration

BleedThatBlue

September 24th, 2016 at 11:10 PM ^

Sole your role, skippy. They haven't played anyone impressive, excluding Colorado to an extent. He also has receiving core that may be one of the best. I'll wait until this upcoming Wiscy game before I get on the Speight hype train.

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Go Blue in NC

September 24th, 2016 at 11:10 PM ^

He's definitely shone poise and is maximizing his potential under Harbaugh (what the limits of that potential are is TBD). Fortunately for him, he still has 2 more years to learn from the QB guru

Steve Breaston…

September 24th, 2016 at 11:36 PM ^

Totally agreed. I thought he was totally serviceable, but far from world-beating. He missed a lot of very easy throws and was bailed out on even more, and on some it looked like his arm was literally throwing at 70%. There were enough weird moments where my confidence obviously didn't soar like OP. Wisconsin will make him win the game next week.

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kjason

September 24th, 2016 at 11:17 PM ^

Watching the game again, i too am very impressed by how well he was able to shake and elude pressure in and out of the pocket.  There was a play where he literally juked a pursuing DL from his blindside and then rolled around to complete a 7 yard gain.  There are issues that he needs to improve upon, but regardless of what happens this year, imagine what another year under Harbaugh can do for this dude.

allintime23

September 24th, 2016 at 11:37 PM ^

Yeah he's all well and good but the guy can't hit the broad side of a barn. He makes Jake Butt jump up and almost killed Perry today with him having to come back for that low pass. I hope he breaks every record and wins every game but I don't think he will.

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