Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno believes the ceiling is high for quarterback Wilton Speight.

Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno believes the ceiling is high for quarterback Wilton Speight.

When Wilton Speight stepped onto the field to take his first snap as Michigan's starting quarterback against Hawaii, the redshirt sophomore could've been termed an unknown.

Now 11 starts later, Speight has entrenched himself as the center piece of the Wolverines offense, holding the keys to Jim Harbaugh's car.

"Being named the starter and getting those game reps underneath him and getting that confidence, guys believing in him and him believing in guys." Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno said. 

"It's just the chemistry. When you start to have success, winning just breeds that confidence and it really does well for the football team."

Speight has accounted for 17 touchdowns and just six interceptions this season, days prior to Michigan's Orange Bowl showdown with Florida State.

Showing great balance within his play, Drevno believes it's Speight's football personality that stands out just as much, if not more.

"His football lens has opened up," Drevno said. "He's a student of the game, he's a team guy, a leader, loves to compete. 

"He's just got an unbelievable even keel balance about him, doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low, just stays in the moment. He's an absolute joy to coach."

The match-up with the Seminoles will serve as the first step as the Wolverines look to improve and build heading into 2017.

For Speight, Drevno believes the ceiling is very, very high.

"He can be outstanding," he said. "There's all sorts of things he can improve on. He knows them, we've talked to him about them. 

"Every day you've got to go out there and get better at something and he's doing that."


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