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Wilton Speight played against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, but did he have offseason shoulder surgery?

Did Michigan QB Wilton Speight have offseason shoulder surgery?

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Tuesday, June 6, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


Did Wilton Speight have offseason surgery?

Everyone knows Michigan QB Wilton Speight injured his left shoulder late last season in a 14-13 loss at Iowa. The specifics and extent of the injury have never been revealed, however, as Speight and coach Jim Harbaugh have kept a lid on the information.

In a story by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press on Monday, Speight’s longtime quarterback tutor Steve Clarkson says Speight had surgery after last season.

“He’s focusing on some of the things he needs to get better at,” Clarkson told the Free Press. “Obviously, he’s had to recover from offseason surgery so we limited some of the stuff he did with us because he’s not completely 100 percent.”

Speight has been training with Clarkson since he was a sophomore in high school. He spent the Memorial Day weekend in Coronado, Calif., as a counselor at Clarkson’s quarterback retreat, a two-day camp for youth and high school quarterbacks. While Speight was at the camp as a counselor, he was also there to work on improving his own game.

Brandon Peters and John O’Korn are challenging him for the No. 1 spot. Speight was less than impressive in the spring game, while Peters showed off a strong arm with good touch on deep passes.

If Speight had surgery of any sort in the offseason, his struggles in the spring game and even in some of the practices while the team was in Italy make more sense.

Clarkson began tutoring quarterbacks in 1986. He told the Free Press that Speight has become more aggressive with his preparation and the mental aspect of the game. That also should come as no surprise now that Speight has a full year of being the starter under his belt.

The Harbaugh-Kiffin show

Monday was rain-soaked in South Florida but that didn’t stop Harbaugh and his staff from participating in the Florida Atlantic camp in Boca Raton. Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi was there and spoke with first-year FAU coach Lane Kiffin, the former offensive coordinator at Alabama.

One of the camp participants was QB Joe Milton, a 4-star prospect from Orlando who has committed to Michigan for the 2018 class. Be sure to check back in with Land of 10 for Rachel’s report on Milton from Boca Raton later Tuesday.

High-tech track

The Athletics South Competition and Performance Project is a $168 million endeavor that will provide a state-of-the-art home for Michigan track and field, lacrosse and rowing, as well as house a performance and team center for all Wolverines sports when it is completed in the winter of 2018. But just how state of the art?

Ever hear about a hydraulically operated track? Me neither. SportsTechie.com does a much better job of explaining it than I ever could.

Michigan grad transfer leaves Iowa State

David Dawson transferred from Michigan to Iowa State in the offseason, but his stay in Ames is apparently over. Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell confirmed to the Des Moines Register that the offensive lineman is no longer with the team.

Dawson played in 12 games in four seasons for the Wolverines.

Look ahead at the incoming freshmen

Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class has 30 players. A lot has been made of the 11 early enrollees, players such as WRs Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black. But what about the other 19 players who will be arriving on campus this month? Brandon Justice of Land of 10 takes a look at three who could make an impact this coming season.

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