Michigan Spring Football Game: 5 Things That Matter
What do you need to know about what happened in the Michigan spring football game?
1. Wilton Speight Is Still The Starting QB, But …
Is there a quarterback controversy? Nah … not really. But Wilton Speight had better be sharper.
Jim Harbaugh has never been afraid to make bold calls when it comes to his quarterbacks, and now, at the very least, there’s a decent No. 2 option in Brandon Peters after a decent-enough day to be comfortable with the backup situation.
Peters wasn’t razor-sharp – hitting 9-of-17 passes for 160 yards and a score on a wide open pass with a pick – but he managed to come up with a few nice plays, highlighted by a touchdown run. Meanwhile, John O’Korn completed 3-of-6 passes for 60 yards and a score, and ran three times for 42 yards.
On the flip side, Speight never looked right, with way too many misfires, two picks, and too much indecision. To be fair, he never had any time, and he couldn’t get into a groove, but still, it wasn’t exactly a confidence-inspring performance.
2. And The New Linebackers …
Looked good enough. Noah Furbush came up with four tackles with a sack and recovered fumble, and Devin Bush came up with two nice plays in the backfield with two – technically – sacks. But here’s the big questions – can Khaleke Hudson really be another Jabrill Peppers?
The hybrid role was created with Peppers in mind, but the Wolverines are likely going to stick with it. Hudson isn’t Peppers, but he made big things happen early on with three tackles and a broken up pass. He’s fast, athletic, and he should be a jack-0f-all-trades.
3. And The New Defensive Line …
Was fine. 2016 super-recruit Rashan Gary came up with four total tackles and a sack between the two teams, and held his own on the end. Fellow end Chase Winovich didn’t do too much, while Bryan More and Maurice Hurst were fine on the interior. It might not have been a dominant performance in this sort of a format, but it was good enough. Either this group was good, or …
4. The Offensive Line Is A Work In Progress
Remembering this was a spring game and no one was going full bore to kill the other side, the running game was okay at times while the pass protection struggled. Ty Isaac tore off a big dash and looked the part as good part of a rotation with Chris Evans, while Karan Higdon led all rushers with 81 yards and two scores.
The coaching staff has been playing around with the combination throughout spring ball, and it was changed up again in the big scrimmage. Almost nothing is set in stone – expect lots of tinkering in fall camp.
5. And The Receivers …
Are still a question mark. No one really stood out, except for true freshman Tarick Black, who led all receivers with four catches for 50 yards and a score for the Blue side.
And the starting receiving trio will be …
Just wait. This will likely be put together on the fly.
The passes were spread around, with no one else catching more than two – the spotty quarterback play didn’t help. Zach Gentry caught a 55-yard touchdown pass, and Nate Schoenle led all receivers with 58 yards on two catches.