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Wilton Speight gets confidence from Jake Rudock and spring game performance

Wilton Speight will battle against John O’Korn for the starting quarterback job.

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In the 2015 season, Jake Rudock took over the Michigan offense and led the Wolverines to a 10-3 season, including a Citrus Bowl victory over Florida.

With Rudock departing to the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, the job is up for grabs between Wilton Speight and John O’Korn.

Speight caught up with Maize n Brew at Michigan football’s media day and said that he has got his confidence from Rudock and his performance in the spring game.

“Absolutely,” Speight said regarding if Rudock’s success has helped the Wolverines. “He came in for one year and now he is on the Detroit Lions. All he did was follow every single step that coach Fisch and coach Harbaugh laid out for him. It worked out very well.”

As for the spring game, Speight completed 5-of-6 passes for 46 yards and one touchdown. He ran the ball twice for 19 yards and a score to lead his team to a 14-13 victory.

“It helped [my confidence] a lot,” Speight mentioned of the spring game. “The spring before that I was injured and didn’t really get any reps and going into last years camp I didn’t really know where I stood. To come in and take first team reps, stay there and know that I belong there was huge.

“If you could tell in the spring game, I was pretty calm and collected. I was just having fun with it. It was the first time in awhile I have been able to feel like that, so I am just going to carry that into this fall camp.”