A slight injury snag limited quarterback Wilton Speight's ability to participate in spring practices last year.
The limited time with the offense didn't stop him from becoming the back up quarterback a year ago. Speight talks about how he gained confidence last season thanks to the experience at Minnesota with him throwing a game winning touchdown pass.
Now, it's time to start planning on becoming the starting quarterback at Michigan. How exactly does he plan to do it? He's not going to force it, he's going to do his thing.
"Just keep doing what I'm doing," Speight said. "Stay calm, complete passes and don't turn the ball over. Instill the confidence in my teammates that I can go into the huddle and be the guy that I can take care of the team. I felt good about doing that in the spring and just continue doing that. I'm not going to go out there and try to be Superman, scramble for 40 or 50 yards, just do what I need to do to move the ball down the field.
"That's what (Jake) Rudock did and it has proven to work in a Jim Harbaugh offense, so be me."
Rudock would be an excellent template for any potential quarterback at U-M because of the way he developed throughout the season. For Speight, he would like to follow that upward trajectory this season if he is named the starting quarterback.
He knows he just needs to follow the guidance of his position coaches and the rest will take care of itself.
"He came in for one year and he's on the Lions now," Speight said. "All he did was follow every single step coach Fisch and coach Harbaugh laid out for him and it worked out very well. That's what I plan on doing, I'm sure that's what John and the other quarterbacks are planning on doing and we'll see how it works out."