Wilton Speight Passing Chart

Can Michigan QB continue to grow despite losing Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson?

In his first season as Michigan’s starting quarterback, Wilton Speight had an up and down year but expectations are high for the redshirt junior.

Jim Harbaugh has an exceptional track record developing quarterbacks, so Speight will be expected to make substantial strides this season. However, he will have to cope with the loss of his two leading recievers, Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson, as well as tight end Jake Butt.

Here’s a look at Speight’s passing chart from the 2016 season, as well as a few notes on his peformance:

  • Wilton Speight obviously has some flaws in his game, which are apparent simply by glancing at the number of red zones on his passing chart. His completion percentage ranks in the bottom 25th percentile in five of the nine zones we chart beyond the line of scrimmage.
  • Overcoming the losses of Butt, Chesson and Darboh could be a challenge for Speight, especially early in the 2017 season. Excluding targets to that talented trio, Speight was just 1-for-9 on throws 15+ yards downfield last season. There will be a lot of pressure on freshman Donovan¬†Peoples-Jones, Eddie McDoom and others to fill that void.
  • Speight’s performance under pressure was an encouraging area of his game last season, as he completed nearly 50 percent of his attempts. Jake Butt was a safety blanket for Wilton Speight, however, as he accounted for a team-high nine receptions while Speight was under pressure. Ian Bunting, who saw just seven total targets in 2016, will likely serve as Butt’s replacement.

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