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Michigan WR Jehu Chesson commends Wilton Speight and talks winning TD reception.

Michigan WR Jehu Chesson commends Wilton Speight on his play and talks game winning TD reception.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – After Michigan’s 29-26 win at Minnesota, Wilton Speight said he knew his 12 yard touchdown pass to Jehu Chesson was going to be for a big play.

Little did he know at the time, it ended up being the game winner, with U-M’s defense withstanding the Gophers last ditch quarterback sneak on their own 1 as time expired, sealing the victory for the Wolverines.

On Monday, Chesson had his turn to reflect on his game winning catch, explaining his version of how the play transpired.  

“So when we saw that safety sort of rotate, then we saw the corner playing soft,” Chesson said of his game winning touchdown grab. “I felt like Wilson saw all he had to do was put the back in that area and the I could go up and make the play.”

Chesson went on to praise Speight for his play for backing up injured starter, Jake Rudock, who left the game after taking two big hits from Gophers defenders.  

“I would just like to commend Wilton for doing that,” Chesson said at Monday’s press conference. “But at the same time, that’s part of the reason why you come to Michigan, to be a Michigan quarterback, he came out there and did his job.”

Adding: “He actually did well, in my opinion. So he was able to do what the coaches asked him to do at that specific moment. So we are real proud of him. We just got to take care of him, make plays when we can make plays.”

No. 16 Michigan (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) plays host to Rutgers (3-5) this Saturday at 3:30 pm.


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