Wilton Speight entered this season as the Michigan Wolverines starting quarterback. He ended the season injured and out of the mix for the starting quarterback position.
Those developments have apparently led to Speight announcing he will be moving on from the program. He announced his decision via Instagram.
Thank you, Michigan. These past 4 years have been nothing short of spectacular. Enrolling in January of 2014 as a kid from Virginia i didn’t know what to expect. Four years later i leave a Michigan Man. The amazing memories with my teammates, playing under the best coaches in America, and enjoying everything that this wonderful university and town have to offer- what a ride. To the fans that stuck with us through thick and thin— thank you. To Coach Hoke for giving a kid with no offers a chance— thank you. To Coach Harbaugh for coming in and making me a better man and a better quarterback. For understanding this decision of mine and always having my back no matter what— thank you. I don’t know where next will be, and I’ll use these next four weeks to figure that out. i’m excited to keep pursuing my dreams in a new jersey, but will forever root for the boys wearing the winged helmet. Go blue!
His parents came away with a really nice message of support for his decision.
By the end of the non-conference season, many fans around the Wolverines program were fed up with Speight’s performance.
It was easy to see why, as he finished non-conference season 42 of 77 (54.5 completion percentage) for 571 yards and just two touchdowns to two interceptions.
Speight was injured just minutes in to the Big Ten opener against Purdue and was never seen in a Wolverines uniform again. He ended up with a fractured back that would keep him out for the rest of the year, but what played out after his departure was also telling for the future.
Things are pretty clear as to how they may go in 2018 at QB for the Wolverines. Along with John O’Korn’s graduation, Speight’s departure leaves Brandon Peters as the only quarterback on the Michigan roster with game experience.
However, Dylan McCaffery was one of the most highly rated pro-style quarterbacks in the country during the 2017 recruiting class and was brought in for a reason.
Peters finished this season 37 of 64 for 486 yards and 4 touchdowns to no interceptions. While he wasn’t asked to take a game over with his arm, Peters also showed an ability to at least make the smart play and be a manager of the game.
It makes for what should be an interesting situation that won’t be really flushed out until likely the start of next season. That’s just the way Jim Harbaugh likes to play things — close to the vest.
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