Former Michigan QB Wilton Speight was back in Ann Arbor on Friday participating in Michigan’s pro day.
The UCLA QB was welcome at Michigan’s pro day because the Wolverines didn’t have a QB in the draft this season.
When Speight spoke with the media, he brought up a few interesting topics.
Michigan Offensive Scheme
Wilton Speight at Michigan’s Pro Day, talking about running Chip Kelly’s offense says he’s hearing around the program that the Wolverines are moving toward a Kelly-style look— Mike Persak (@MikeDPersak) March 15, 2019
Speight says he can’t wait to see offense with Gattis “that’s going to be super entertaining”— angelique (@chengelis) March 15, 2019
Speight says Harbaugh “isn’t sneaky” if he said he’s given the keys to Gattis, he’s given the keys to the offense— angelique (@chengelis) March 15, 2019
Asked Speight about Shea Patterson — thinks he’s going to flourish with the “handcuffs off” in the offense this fall— angelique (@chengelis) March 15, 2019
40-yard dash time
Among those at Michigan Pro Day: Wilton Speight.— Max Marcovitch (@Max_Marcovitch) March 15, 2019
Says he ran a 4.79 40-yard dash today. Was just hoping for “something with a 4 in it.” pic.twitter.com/wh77qY07fQ
The most interesting part of Speight’s comments are about Michigan’s scheme under new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Speight is implying Michigan will be implementing some sort of up-tempo spread passing attack. This would be a new development for the offense on two levels.
While Michigan did run more spread last year with Patterson than in the previous three Harbaugh seasons, Speight’s candor suggests that we are going to be seeing more spread. But the biggest change would be the change in tempo. Michigan has seldom used no huddle or a hurry up offense under Harbaugh, and if they decide to throw that into their arsenal in 2019, that would be a great thing.
Being able to run a hurry up offense would allow Michigan to have an option A and an option B in regard to tempo and would prepare them to come from behind in a hurry (potentially) when trailing.
Finally, props to Wilton for his forty yard dash time.