I take almost everything I hear out of Ann Arbor with a grain of salt, especially when it comes to training camp rumors, but there are some consistent themes that are emerging among my multiple sources in Ann Arbor that the QB situation isn’t great or at least as strong as hoped.
While most folks assumed the QB battle would be between the spring game participants, Wilton Speight and Brandon Peters, it appears that battle has not materialized. As of right now, Peters isn’t in the mix. That could change, but my sources tell me there are some fundamental issues with Peters and Harbaugh is sending him a message to get it together or be left in the dust.
The problem with Peters is his personality, according to insiders, he is simply too laid back to run the offense and doesn’t project enough leadership at this point to take control of Harbaugh’s troops. One insider said his personality is “Jay Cutler-esque,” but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t referring to the personality flaws of Cutler, just his style.
“He’s got no sizzle,” said one source. “I don’t think this is the end for Peters, it just may mean another season on the bench.”
Right now the battle is between Speight and John O’Korn! Michigan fans are likely shocked that O’Korn is in the mix following his less than stellar showing against Indiana last season but insiders say he has been great in practice and is pushing Speight hard in fall camp.
So what does this say about Michigan’s QB situation? I think it says it is still evolving, Speight is good, not great….O’Korn is an unknown, while it may be unsettling for Michigan fans, it doesn’t mean this team can’t still be successful. In the end it appears that the offense may struggle a bit more than hoped, but it should be a solid squad in 2017.
The four best wide receivers on team- by a mile- are Tarik Black, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Oliver Martin and… walk on Nate Schoenle.
The #1 offensive line group right now is: (LT) Mason Cole, (LG) Ben Bresedon, (C) Patrick Kugler, (RG) Michael Onwenu, (RT) Juwann Bushell-Beatty. Cesar Ruiz will play but isn’t expected to run with the first team.
More to come…..