Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh named Wilton Speight the starter, but added that “it’s a meritocracy” and things could change.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh named Wilton Speight the starting quarterback coming out of the spring earlier this afternoon, but made it clear that the position will go to the better player, saying “it’s a meritocracy.”
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Harbaugh says Speight is No 1 out of spring "but it's a meritocracy"
— angelique (@chengelis) April 19, 2017
Speight was far from spectacular in his spring game showing, completing only nine of 26 passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions. It wasn’t his best day, but he also has a full season at starting quarterback under his belt which works in his favor.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters, however, had an excellent day, going 9-of-17, including a 55-yard touchdown strike and a 12-yard rushing touchdown. It was his first “start” as a college quarterback, and he made the most of it. He’s probably the No. 2 at this point.
One bad performance certainly isn’t going to derail Speight’s spot as the No. 1 signal caller, but if he starts to stumble this season, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Harbaugh go with another option under center. He has a stable of competent quarterbacks to choose from, including redshirt senior John O’Korn and incoming freshman Dylan McCaffrey—one of the top QB prospects in the 2017 recruiting class.