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4 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2017 • I'm a huge Wilton Speight fan and ex- pect him to step up this season and hold on to the job throughout. As usual, he gets the blame for the three close losses last year and no credit for the 10 wins. I am excited there is a quality young quarterback pressuring him to perform, but still think Speight starts and holds onto the job. He's a confident, SMART guy running a complicated offense with new starters all over that side of the ball. Unfortunately for a lot of folks here, I think Jim Harbaugh and Pep Hamilton see that Speight gives Michigan the best chance to win games. In saying all this, I hope Brandon Peters is played early and of- ten so he's game ready, but I believe that should happen every year with quarter- back No. 2. curly 156 • I'm just happy we have more than one talented quarterback so people can argue about who should start. One ex- perienced, one green and very talented. Both guys have the potential to win 9-10 games. I guarantee both guys will be ready to play by the Florida game at a high level. bill lautenschleger • I get the sense a lot of people here are manufacturing worry. Summer workouts are yet ahead, and the new wide receivers will be willing to work hard and work a lot all summer. Oh, and it's not just Jim Harbaugh watch- ing. It's Pep Hamilton, too, that will be watching and teaching. We have horses to work with. Relax and let the whisperers do their magic and look forward to Fall camp reports. Until then, kick back and listen to the good news trickling in. calblue • The two caveats I'd give there are: first, he was playing with a broken collar bone at the end of the Iowa game and the OSU game, and second, the offensive line was completely over matched versus FSU and struggled versus the better competition. Remember, Wilton Speight was playing behind what was widely considered the weakest position group on the team the whole season. To one of the poster's points, it would be a failure of his if he didn't show improvement in '17. northvineinc • Fans are free to diagnose a situation by the evidence presented. The entire point of this thread was to say that there is enough public video evidence that Wil- ton Speight has had issues this spring. Obviously, Jim Harbaugh and Pep Hamil- ton will play the best guy. That's a given. I just would have expected more improve- ment. We were told that the spring game was an aberration, yet the Rome practice vid- eos only confirm that what we saw in the spring game wasn't one. That's not to say that Speight won't be the best choice as a quarterback starter come fall. After all, Wilton is a very bright guy, and he'll certainly improve in his understanding of Pep's offense throughout the summer and fall camp. He's a capable quarterback. But everyone should be able to see — if you watch the video evidence — that he's not sharp and remains inconsistent. For example, his interceptions to Josh Metellus and Jordan Glasgow were both late throws and behind the receivers. His lack of zip on the ball and his failure to lead the receivers allowed both Metellus and Glasgow to step in front for picks. Many other throws, if you watch the film, were way off target, while some throws were very good. From Our Website June/July 2017 • Vol. 28, No. 11 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton The Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Writer Brandon Brown Contributing Writers Orion Sang Bob Miller Managing Editor Ryan Tice Contributing Editor Steve Downey Editorial Intern Leland Mitchinson Layout And Design Jeanette Blankenship Chris Miller Contributing Photographers Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photo Lon Horwedel Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Circulation Manager Gail Evans Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Michelle Delee-Hamilton Customer Service Lauren Saunders The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year (12 issues) subscription is $52.99. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Wolverine, P.O. Box 2331, Durham, NC 27702. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC 27702 and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, 905 W. Main St, Suite 24F, Durham, NC 27701. E-Mail Address: Subscription questions: Web Site: Be Heard! Send your letters to: Wolverine Letters • P.O. Box 1304 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Or e-mail: Letters may be edited for clarity or length. Redshirt junior quarterback Wilton Speight (above) is being pushed by redshirt fresh- man Brandon Peters and the rest of the Michigan signal-callers. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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