ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has quickly become more resourceful, and Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh has noticed.
During the Big Ten football coaches teleconference Tuesday, Harbaugh made note that Speight is progressing and evolving at the position, even in only two starts. The game, he explained, hasn’t slowed down for the redshirt sophomore. Instead, he’s kept the pace of the game.
“I’m tracking his eye discipline, his feet, his timing, his decision-making, his accuracy,” Harbaugh said. “Those things are improving weekly, monthly.”
Harbaugh has also been impressed with Speight’s accuracy, particularly with deep-ball throws.
“The hardest route to complete is the 40- to 45-yard post route down the middle of the field,” Harbaugh said. “The receiver is a long way down the field and covered by a safety or a trailing defender. It’s a really difficult route to hit. (Against UCF), Wilton hit two of them — one a touchdown and one got us to the 5-yard-line.”
Speight connected with Amara Darboh on a 45-yard touchdown pass with 1:55 left in the first quarter to give Michigan a 21-0 lead over UCF, his longest pass last Saturday.
Michigan (2-0), ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, hosts Colorado (2-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Stadium.