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Wilton Speight Named Week 2’s Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

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A Wolverine is honored as a Big Ten Player of the Week for the second straight week in 2016.

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Wilton Speight has made only two career starts, yet he already is bringing home hardware.

The Michigan sophomore quarterback was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Wolverines to a 51-14 victory against UCF. Speight completed 25-of-37 passes (67.6%) for 312 yards (8.4 YPA), four touchdowns, and no interceptions. Speight fired three of his touchdowns in the first half, helping Michigan cruise to a 31-0 lead, before his final pass of the game was caught and taken to the end zone.

His four passing touchdowns were tied for the second-most in a game by a Wolverine, and it was the 28th time that a Michigan quarterback threw for 300-plus yards.

This is the first time that a Wolverine has been named a Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award since Jake Rudock and Jehu Chesson both won it after Michigan’s offensive explosion against Indiana last season. This is the second time this season that a Wolverine has a received a Big Ten Player of the Week honor as Mike McCray was named the Defensive Player of the Week after his effort against Hawaii in Week 1.

The other recipients of a Big Ten Player of the Week award this week are Nebraska’s Nathan Gerry (Defensive), Rutgers’ Janarion Grant (Special Teams), and Indiana’s Marcelino Ball (Freshman).