Around this time last year, Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight stated his case that he should be the starting quarterback by having a strong spring game.
While his starting job is his to lose, sophomore quarterback Brandon Peters showed, at the very least, that an argument should be made that a quarterback battle could be brewing in Ann Arbor this summer. While a glorified scrimmage won't seal the deal in their coaches eyes, Peters was the better quarterback on Saturday.
With this being the first time most have seen Peters in live-action, Speight says that this is the quarterback he's seen since he arrived as an early enrollee last season.
"He made quite a few throws today that were elite throws," Speight said. "That's the Brandon we've seen since he got here last year. His arm is capable of making any throw and has poise in the pocket to do what he needs to do. That's really the Brandon that came from Avon High School in Indiana."
While competition can be fierce, football is also a brotherhood. Just because a guy like Peters is trying to take Speight's job doesn't mean he can't take the role of mentor. In fact, Speight says all the quarterbacks are helping each other right now as they all acclimate themselves to a new offense. When the going gets tough, Peters' demeanor always stays the same, Peters says. Something he is trying to learn himself.
"First of all we're great friends," Speight said. "He's a really cool guy. If my stress levels are ever too high I just get around Peters because he's the most low maintenance, chill dude of all time. Playing last season and getting experience the year before that, I've tried to help him out and stuff. I try to help him but we all help each other. This is a new offense for everybody, so we're all learning at the same timeline. [Dylan] McCaffrey will come in June and he will be a little behind but all three or four of us will help him along."