Someone is Going to Get One Hell of a Quarterback in Brandon Peters

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Not exactly breaking news here, but I am new here and I thought I should get my thoughts on this out there.

Rewind three years ago. Jim Harbaugh has just finished his first season with the Maize and Blue. After a surprising 10-3 finish, and absolute thrashing of Florida in the Citrus Bowl, Michigan Football was officially back. Jim Harbaugh exceeded everyone’s expectations in his first year as head coach and now the question became, can he do even better with his own guys?

That is when the hype really began. During that off-season, Michigan pulled off one of its best recruiting coups, and brought in the #8 recruiting class in the country. Headlined by guys like Rashan Gary, David Long, Lavert Hill, Devin Bush, and Khaleke Hudson. And maybe just as important as these guys, Brandon Peters.

Peters, the #1 Quarterback coming out of Indiana, the #6 pro style quarterback, and the #61 player overall nationally, Harbaugh had his guy. Jake Ruddock was a start, but everyone wanted to see what the QB whisperer could do with his own guy that he brought in. Everything was set for Harbaugh to groom a talented young guy and develop him into his next Andrew Luck.

Fast forward to the 2017 season, where the offense struggled to find any rhythm with Speight or O’Korn, Peters won three straight games for Michigan during his freshman season. (And realistically should have had a fourth against Wisconsin had he not gotten injured). The offensive struggles caused a lot of pressure for Harbaugh and pressured him to start to look outside of Michigan for the answer. Sadly for Peters, the answer was his counterpart from the 2016 QB class and #1 pro-style quarterback, Shea Patterson. And Patterson took the starting job and never looked back.

Meanwhile, every coach looking for a quarterback when Brandon Peters entered the transfer portal:

I was personally shocked Peters did not transfer sooner. I mean maybe this is more obvious in hindsight, but the writing was on the wall for Patterson to take the starting roll. Michigan fans were in love with him the moment he set foot on campus, and the place would have rioted if he did not start. Obviously Shea inevitably won the quarterback battle on his own merit, but I cannot see a world where Shea Patterson doesn’t have the starting job. In a world where a college athlete only has a finite amount of time to play and garner enough attention to make it to the next level, why not just find another school? Some people may look at this as a “take your ball and run” type move. I see it as “I only have 2 more years of eligibility and I want to play football” move. In the world of football, no one is going to look out for you. They will use up every bit of talent you have, and toss you to the side once you are not productive. Do the smart thing, and find a school that sets you up the best to make it to the next level. No brainer.

PS: Mark Dantonio better take a hard look in the mirror and think about whether he really wants Lewerke at QB. If there is any interest from Peters, I’d toss Lewerke out like day old bread.

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Rewind three years ago. Jim Harbaugh has just finished his first season with the Maize and Blue. After a surprising 10-3 finish, and absolute thrashing of Florida in the Citrus Bowl, Michigan Football was officially back. Jim Harbaugh exceeded everyone’s expectations in his first year as head coach and now the question became, can he do even better with his own guys?

That is when the hype really began. During that off-season, Michigan pulled off one of its best recruiting coups, and brought in the #8 recruiting class in the country. Headlined by guys like Rashan Gary, David Long, Lavert Hill, Devin Bush, and Khaleke Hudson. And maybe just as important as these guys, Brandon Peters.

Peters, the #1 Quarterback coming out of Indiana, the #6 pro style quarterback, and the #61 player overall nationally, Harbaugh had his guy. Jake Ruddock was a start, but everyone wanted to see what the QB whisperer could do with his own guy that he brought in. Everything was set for Harbaugh to groom a talented young guy and develop him into his next Andrew Luck.

Fast forward to the 2017 season, where the offense struggled to find any rhythm with Speight or O’Korn, Peters won three straight games for Michigan during his freshman season. (And realistically should have had a fourth against Wisconsin had he not gotten injured). The offensive struggles caused a lot of pressure for Harbaugh and pressured him to start to look outside of Michigan for the answer. Sadly for Peters, the answer was his counterpart from the 2016 QB class and #1 pro-style quarterback, Shea Patterson. And Patterson took the starting job and never looked back.

Meanwhile, every coach looking for a quarterback when Brandon Peters entered the transfer portal:

I was personally shocked Peters did not transfer sooner. I mean maybe this is more obvious in hindsight, but the writing was on the wall for Patterson to take the starting roll. Michigan fans were in love with him the moment he set foot on campus, and the place would have rioted if he did not start. Obviously Shea inevitably won the quarterback battle on his own merit, but I cannot see a world where Shea Patterson doesn’t have the starting job. In a world where a college athlete only has a finite amount of time to play and garner enough attention to make it to the next level, why not just find another school? Some people may look at this as a “take your ball and run” type move. I see it as “I only have 2 more years of eligibility and I want to play football” move. In the world of football, no one is going to look out for you. They will use up every bit of talent you have, and toss you to the side once you are not productive. Do the smart thing, and find a school that sets you up the best to make it to the next level. No brainer.

PS: Mark Dantonio better take a hard look in the mirror and think about whether he really wants Lewerke at QB. If there is any interest from Peters, I’d toss Lewerke out like day old bread.

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