Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has excelled in his first year starting for the Wolverines and coach Jim Harbaugh.
How good has Speight been? Well, he’s already got his coach making comparison’s to the best quarterbacks he’s ever mentored. For Harbaugh, that’s quite a list: Andrew Luck, Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, etc.
During an interview with WXYZ sports anchor Brad Galli, Harbaugh was asked if Speight may be on his way to joining that list. Harbaugh answered with this:
I certainly wouldn’t rule that out. He certainly has ability and he has the license to do that. He’s acquitted himself extremely well. There’s been times this season where I’ve made the comparison in my own mind between Andrew Luck and Wilton (Speight). He’s played as good or better than Andrew did at times in college, in certain games.
Luck played two seasons under Harbaugh after having redshirted his freshman year. For comparison’s sake, here are Luck’s stats from his first nine college games compared to Speight’s this year:
Luck (2009): 126-216 (58.3 pct), 2,076 yards, 11 TD, 2 INT
Speight (2016): 149-231 (64.5 pct), 2,053 yards, 15 TD, 3 INT
It’s worth noting that Luck was a redshirt freshman that year, while Speight is a true junior this season. The Cardinal finished the season 8-5 with a loss to Oklahoma in the Sun Bowl.