Michigan receiver Amara Darboh caught five passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the 51-14 win over Central Florida. During the press conference, Darboh spoke highly of quarterback Wilton Speight.
“I remember one play today specifically where he [Wilton Speight] threw to Pogi and he was getting hit,” Darboh said. “I think extending the play and then getting the first down on it was huge. It was good to see our quarterback do that and I think as the season goes on he is going to keep taking hits, getting up and making plays with people in his face.”
The quarterback finished 25-of-37 through the air with 312 yards and four touchdowns.
“He has been doing it throughout all spring ball camp,” Darboh mentioned, regarding Speight exceeding expectations. “He does a great job of finding the soft spots in the pocket, moving up when he needs to and finding the receivers.”
Speight connected with Darboh for a 45-yard score late in the first quarter to give Michigan a 21-0 lead. The duo made it happen against with 10:24 left in the fourth quarter as Michigan took a 51-14 lead.
“Today especially, I thought he [Wilton Speight] was on it,” said Darboh. “He put the ball right where it needed to be and hit his receivers in stride. I think he’s only going to get better with that.
“He’s very calm. He takes control of the huddle. I also think he does a very good job of reading the defense and knowing where to go without hesitating.”
Darboh now has 102 career receptions for 1,353 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will continue to be a top target along with Jake Butt and Jehu Chesson for Michigan throughout the 2016 season.
“If it’s one-on-one, then the quarterback is going to give us a chance,” Darboh said on himself, Butt and Chesson. “It’s our job to make a play. They talk about the 50/50 balls and in our mind it’s more in our favor, like 70/30 or 60/40.”