Michigan Football played their annual spring game on Saturday at the Big House and, among other things, it gave fans a chance to get their first extended look at redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Peters. He finished the day 9-of-17 with 160 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had a 12-yard touchdown run.
Peters, who checks in at 6-5, 216, showed off his arm strength and accuracy on Saturday. “He made quite a few throws today that were elite throws,” Wilton Speight said after the game. “That’s really the Brandon we’ve been seeing since he got here last year. He has an arm that’s capable of making any throw, and [he’s] poised to stand in the pocket and do what he needs to do.”
Speight finished the day 9 of 26 for 78 yards with two interceptions. This comes on the heels of the Wolverines having lost the last three games that Speight has started. He played poorly in Michigan’s loss at Iowa, sat out the Indiana game due to injury. He threw two interceptions in Michigan’s loss to Ohio State and he didn’t play particularly well in Michigan’s Orange Bowl loss to Florida State. Speight’s combined numbers in those three games were 55-100 for 485 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Speight finished last season with 2,538 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was an All-Big Ten third-team selection and a Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award Semifinalist.
Speight wasn’t worried about his poor showing in the spring game. “It’s just one day,” he said. “In saying that, I feel very good about how the spring went. The chemistry I have with Coach Pep [Hamilton, is good]. Obviously, you saw a little bit of lack of chemistry with the younger guys and some receivers out there today that will get ironed out.”
To be fair, Peters did play behind a better offensive line on Saturday, compared to the one Speight operated behind. Peters also didn’t have to deal with Devin Bush, who was a one man wrecking machine on defense and terrorized Speight all afternoon.
After the game, Jim Harbaugh said that Speight was the starter, but this is a meritocracy and good healthy competition will bring out the best in both players.
Dylan McCaffrey, who will join the team this summer, was at the Big House watching both quarterbacks in action. He figures to redshirt this year, but his presence will rev up the competition to another level.
There is a long way to go until Michigan’s season opener on September 2. Between now and then Speight and Peters will battle for the right to take that first snap against the Gators.
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