Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Tag: Wilton Speight


24Jan 2019
Blog, homepage 176 comments

Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

This was originally posted on March 17, 2017. It has been updated following the 2018 season.

Sports fans love to debate the greatness of players and rank them in order from most revered to most despised. And while despised probably doesn’t fit any of these players, since they played for the University of Michigan, we all have our favorites. I have endeavored to achieve the un-possible: Rank all of Michigan’s starting quarterbacks.

Okay, that’s too tall of a task for me right now. I’m working up to it. So I’m only going back to 1995, which was the beginning of the Lloyd Carr era. That’s the earliest full coaching tenure where I can count on my recollections of Michigan football. I was a big fan of Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and the Michigan Wolverines before then, but I’ll be damned if I say I was aware enough to understand what was happening on the field.

This ranking only takes into account what the quarterbacks achieved wearing the winged helmet. High school highlight tapes and NFL performance aren’t taken into account. (After all, we can agree that Tom Brady is far and away the best quarterback who ever played the game of football, and that includes Uncle Rico.)

So if you were starting a season with your pick of any Michigan QB since 1995, which one would you take?

On with the show:

read more

2Jan 2019
Blog, homepage no comments

Ex-Wolverine Player Updates: Post-2018 Recap

Keith Washington (#28, image via Zimbio)

At this point in Michigan’s program, along with the college football landscape, there are too many players to include in one post. There are at least 53 players who have either transferred or decommitted from Michigan in the last five full classes (2014-2018), plus the incomplete 2019 class. So I’m temporarily breaking up this concept into three separate posts, one for transfers, one for former commits, and one for coaches. It’s a lot easier to manage during the season when people are injured, redshirting, etc.

TRANSFERS

Devin Asiasi, TE (UCLA): Asiasi was second on the depth chart at tight end behind Caleb Wilson, who was the team’s leading receiver. Asiasi himself made 6 catches for 130 yards (21.7 YPC) and 1 touchdown. UCLA went 3-9 and missed out on bowl eligibility.

Ian Bunting, TE (Cal): Bunting was Cal’s leading tight end, finishing with 18 catches for 195 yards (10.8 YPC) and 0 touchdowns. Cal went 7-6.

Freddy Canteen, WR (Tulane): Canteen – who had injuries at Michigan, transferred to Notre Dame, had more injuries at Notre Dame, and then transferred to Tulane – missed the 2018 season with yet another shoulder injury. His spate of injuries may allow him to apply for a sixth year of eligibility in 2019 if he wants to continue playing.

Brian Cole, S (Mississippi State): Cole played in the first five games of the season for Mississippi State until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year. During those five games, he made 11 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 10 kickoff returns for 225 yards (22.5 yards/return). Mississippi State went 8-4.

Hit the jump for more.

read more

27Nov 2018
Blog, homepage 3 comments

Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 13

Jordan Elliott (image via 4search)

Please consider supporting the blog by using Amazon links like this one for your purchases:

 

TRANSFERS

Ahmir Mitchell, WR (Fort Scott Community College): Mitchell finished the season with 7 catches for 73 yards (10.4 YPC) and 1 touchdown.

Wilton Speight, QB (UCLA): Speight was 29/47 for 466 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 49-42 loss to Stanford; he also ran 10 times for -37 yards and 1 touchdown. He finished the year 126/208 (60.6%) for 1,527 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions, plus 39 carries for 27 yards and 2 touchdowns. UCLA was 3-9 and not eligible for a bowl game.

Kareem Walker, RB (Fort Scott Community College): Walker finished the season with 64 carries for 207 yards (3.2 YPC) and 1 touchdown. He is committed to transfer to Mississippi State.

Keith Washington, CB (West Virginia): Washington made 5 tackles in a 59-56 loss to Oklahoma.

Maurice Ways, Jr., WR (Cal): Ways made 3 catches for 43 yards and 1 touchdown – his first career score – in a 33-21 win over Colorado.

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., TE (Stony Brook): Wheatley finished his redshirt junior year at Stony Brook with a total of 6 catches for 36 yards.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.

read more

19Nov 2018
Blog, homepage 11 comments

Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 12

 

Antwaine Richardson (#20, image via Times Union)

Please consider supporting the blog by using Amazon links like this one for your purchases:

 

TRANSFERS

Ahmir Mitchell, WR (Fort Scott Community College): Mitchell finished the season with 7 catches for 73 yards (10.4 YPC) and 1 touchdown.

Wilton Speight, QB (UCLA): Speight was 13/22 for 166 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a 34-27 win over USC. He also ran 7 times for 22 yards and 1 touchdown.

Kareem Walker, RB (Fort Scott Community College): Walker finished the season with 64 carries for 207 yards (3.2 YPC) and 1 touchdown. More significantly, he took a visit to Mississippi State this past weekend and committed to the Bulldogs.

Keith Washington, CB (West Virginia): Washington made 6 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 3 pass breakups, and 1 interception in a 45-41 loss to Oklahoma State.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.

read more

13Nov 2018
Blog, homepage 4 comments

Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 11

Wilton Speight (image via Los Angeles Times)

Please consider supporting the blog by using Amazon links like this one for your purchases:

 

TRANSFERS

Devin Asiasi, TE (UCLA): Asiasi caught 1 pass for 30 yards in a 31-28 loss to Arizona State. I missed this last week, but he caught 3 passes for 51 yards in the 42-21 loss to Oregon.

Ahmir Mitchell, WR (Fort Scott Community College): Mitchell finished the season with 7 catches for 73 yards (10.4 YPC) and 1 touchdown.

Wilton Speight, QB (UCLA): Speight was 26/35 for 335 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception in a 31-28 loss to Arizona State. He also had 6 carries for 2 yards.

Kareem Walker, RB (Fort Scott Community College): Walker ran 7 times for 6 yards in a 43-9 loss to Iowa Central Community College. He finished the season with 64 carries for 207 yards (3.2 YPC) and 1 touchdown.

Keith Washington, CB (West Virginia): Washington made 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 pass breakup, and 1 punt return for 1 yard in a 47-10 win over TCU.

Maurice Ways, WR (California): Ways made 1 catch for 7 yards in a 15-14 win over USC.

Hit the jump for news on former commitments and coaches.

read more