ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After compiling two total touchdowns, leading the Maize to a 31-29 victory over Blue in Michigan's annual spring on Saturday, Brandon Peters is putting legitimate pressure on incumbent Wilton Speight for U-M’s starting quarterback role.
A role, he says, has been an open competition since the start of spring camp.
“Coach (Jim) Harbaugh always makes it a competition,” Peters said. “There is always that chance, like I said (previously), you got to go out there and compete. Wilton is a really good competitor and he’s really good too, so we’re both getting a lot better each and everyday and we’re working hard, just competing.”
At 6-foot-5, and a heavier 220-pounds, Peters completed 9-of-17 passes for 160 yards, showcasing his dynamic arm strength downfield on deep balls, connecting on out patterns and making simple reads across the middle of the defense.
“The strongest point was I was on point with my reads,” Peters said. “My reads were pretty good all day except for that interception. But that was probably my strongest point was my reads.”
That interception, of course, came when Peters misread coverage and threw to a wide-open Brandon Watson sitting back in zone, who promptly took the interception 32 yards for the score.
“I just rolled out,” Peters recalled. “I didn’t see that it was zone coverage. The corner as coming down, as soon as I let go of it I followed the ball; I really didn’t see him when I threw it. That’s not a good thing right there.”
Peters’ interception was his only blemish on what turned out to be his shining moment of his Michigan career to date. On his second play of the day, he found a streaking Zach Gentry on a 25 yard seem route, who took it the rest for s 55 yard touchdown. Later in the fourth quarter, he would throw a picture perfect fade route for a 40 yard completion to a diving Nate Shoenle, further showcasing his deep field precision.
“If it presents itself of course I’m going to take it,” Peters said. “But not all the time. That’s one of my strong points is my deep ball for sure.”
Peters says it’s still a continuing progress towards improving his field vision and footwork, which he says is “ten times” better than last year when he enrolled in January as a freshman. And that was on full display when stepped up in the pocket and scrambled for a 12 yard score in the fourth quarter.
“I just felt the pressure, my read wasn’t there and I made myself check down and made a big play,” Peters said.
But still, Peters says he has a lot to learn after Saturday’s action.
“Urgency in the huddle, that’s a big one,” Peters said. “Getting to the line fast. I think that’s the biggest thing I need to work on now. Being louder at the line of scrimmage, coaches have been preaching that to me, to get batter at that too.”
That being said, a reporter asked Peters if he was trying to be the starter?
“Of course, everyday,” Peters exclaimed with a smile. “Why would I not want to be?”