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Michigan Football: Wilton Speight on How He'll Build on Strong Spring Performance

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The redshirt sophomore is ready to lead this offseason.

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For the second straight offseason, Michigan Football is in the process of determining who its starting quarterback when the season opens against Hawaii on Sept. 3.

Many have speculated that redshirt junior transfer John O'Korn is in the driver's seat for the job, but redshirt sophomore Wilton Speight has played his way into more than just contending.

After spring practice, he may be the leader.

The position battle is far from over, but Speight feels more comfortable than he has and knows what he has to do to build on his strong performance leading up to fall camp.

"We’ve got a couple of weeks of workouts with the coaches and then we are off from late April until June," Speight said. "It all comes down to what you do and the work you put in and how you can be a leader by getting guys in on your own time into Glick (Fieldhouse) and into Schembechler (Hall) and working out and just building that chemistry and that tight bond.

"That’s one thing I’m going to make a point to do this offseason that I haven’t done because it’s always been older quarterbacks doing it. Just being the guy that gets guys together and really holds everyone accountable. Not just myself, but every receiver, every offensive lineman and every running back and tight ends to get the job done so we’re ready when fall camp comes."

Speight started for the Maize team at quarterback in Friday's spring game, going five-for-six for 46 yards and a touchdown through the air. He also added 19 yards rushing and a score with his legs.