2021 Season Countdown: #96 Peyton Smith

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7Jun 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #96 Peyton Smith

Peyton Smith (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Peyton Smith
Height:
6’3″
Weight:
190 lbs.
High school:
Traverse City (MI) Central
Position:
Quarterback
Class:
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
#7
Last year:
I ranked Smith #104 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Smith is another pretty solid walk-on quarterback. Michigan has a few guys with potential, including Max Witter (profiled yesterday). He was pretty skinny coming out of high school, and he hasn’t filled out to an ideal size yet. He also doesn’t have the number of snaps you really want to see in a quarterback, as he played wide receiver until midway through his junior year. But given a few years in college, I think Smith could be a pretty decent player. This year isn’t that time, though, and he has a few more talented players ahead of him.

Prediction: Backup quarterback

16May 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #104 Peyton Smith

Peyton Smith (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Peyton Smith
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
190 lbs.
High school:
Traverse City (MI) Central
Position:
Quarterback
Class:
Freshman
Jersey number:
N/A
Last year:
Smith was a senior in high school.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Smith is a very nice pickup for Michigan as a preferred walk-on in the 2020 class. He looks to me like an FCS-level quarterback who will pay his own way to Michigan. You can see some athleticism, a decent arm, and some good accuracy. He does look a little skittish in the pocket sometimes, but he looks like a true quarterback, unlike some other preferred walk-ons who are just good athletes but end up playing receiver or tight end or fullback or defensive back.

Michigan’s quarterback situation isn’t great with three scholarship returners (Dylan McCaffrey, Joe Milton, Cade McNamara) and an incoming freshman who’s more of an athlete (Dan Villari). In fact, in some ways I like Smith more than Villari when it comes to quarterback skills, though Villari is a more enticing athlete. Smith is unlikely to rise up the ranks to the point where he’s a key player, but for a preferred walk-on, he has potential.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for his senior highlights.

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