Michigan QB Brandon Peters recaps his first collegiate start, a 33-10 win over Minnesota where he went 8-for-13 passing for 56 yards and a TD. Recorded Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.
Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press
(Editor’s note: Each week during the season, the Free Press will catch up with former Michigan center, and former Toledo graduate assistant, Jack Miller for insight from the perspective of a former player/coach)
It’s not a slight, it’s just a fact.
For the past three weeks, Michigan has asked very little from redshirt freshman quarterback Brandon Peters. He hasn’t made any serious mistakes or turned the ball over.
But since coming into the game against Rutgers three weeks ago, Peters has attempted just 45 passes. U-M has run the ball a lot and beaten up on lesser opponents.
That’s all about to change.
“They’ll have to rely on (Peters) more. But it’ll be interesting to see how they do that,” Miller says. “If they can continue to run the ball effectively and just rely on him to make easy, smart, efficient throws – that’s what you hope for. But that’s all sort of dependent on the run game.
“Regardless, his job (is still) going to be about managing the game, not making mistakes and making the right throws at the right times.”
There’s a fine line, of course. Michigan isn’t likely going to ask Peters to throw it 35 times Saturday against Wisconsin or Ohio State. Not if things go according to plan.
But the Wolverines will probably need more than 15 attempts per game. And Peters is going to have to deliver enough to keep defenses honest. He’s going to be asked to convert on third down. He’s going to have to make plays.
Wisconsin allows a national-best 81.5 rushing yards per game. The Badgers lead the Big Ten with 35 sacks. The odds of this defense being gashed for 300-plus yards on the ground are long.
And so, the time has come for Peters to go from being “good enough” to just “good.”
It’ll be fascinating to see how he responds.
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