Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he was impressed with the way quarterback Wilton Speight played through a hard hit in Saturday's win.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he was impressed with the way quarterback Wilton Speight played through a hard hit in Saturday's win.

Already down 7-0 to Colorado in the early minutes Saturday, the Michigan offense was hoping to respond.

Before the Wolverines and quarterback Wilton Speight could do so, or really even blink, the Buffaloes came free off the edge, popping Speight and the football up in the air as Dere McCartney scooped it up and took it 18-yards for a score.

No. 4 Michigan was down 14-0 to unranked Colorado less than four minutes into the game, and Speight, who had been so good the first two weeks of the season, slowly walked to the sideline.

"He got hit, hit hard and we missed a protection," Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "Not him, it wasn't Wilton, one of the guys missed his assignment and he took the brunt of it.

"But he got up and it wasn't any crying victim, any grabbing of body parts, he walked it off like a tough guy. He kept playing, never said anything about coming out."

Although John O'Korn and Shane Morris both saw time for Michigan in the first half, Speight was never sidelined due to injury.

"I asked him after the play how he felt and he said he was good and trotted right back out there," Harbaugh said.

"That's what tough guys do. As we went through the game he wasn't 100-percent but this isn't track, this is football and playing the quarterback position, that's part of the game."

For Speight, not only was it a chance to show his toughness to his coach, gaining the trust in the locker room is a huge deal for quarterbacks in the game of football.

Despite finishing 16-of-30 with 229-yards and a touchdown, Speight at the very least proved he can handle the physicality of the game.

"I just thought he showed a lot to his teammates and it's just another rung you grab to raise yourself up in the eyes of others," Harbaugh said. "That was his opportunity to do it, and he did it."


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