Michigan quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton and linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Chris Partridge met with the media Wednesday to discuss how the Wolverines look during the second week of preseason camp.
Hamilton is in his first season with the Wolverines, replacing Jedd Fisch, who is now the offensive coordinator at UCLA. He’s holding to the company line that the quarterback battle is still up for grabs between Wilton Speight, Brandon Peters and John O’Korn. Partridge came to Michigan in 2015 as a staff assistant but has gained quick respect as a position coach and as a recruiter.
Here are some of the top things they had to say:
Q: How are the young wide receivers coming along?
A: They’re working hard. It’s a very talented group. I think they have intensified the whole competition amongst that receiver group. To say that they’ve made progress is somewhat of an understatement .
Q: How do you plan on getting all of them on the field?
A: We still have 25 days before we play a game, so there will be guys who continue to make progress and that will separate themselves and ultimately give themselves a chance to play.
Q: Who’s your quarterback?
A: We have several .
Q: Who’s your starter?
A: We have potentially several .
Q: What kind of progress, improvements are you seeing from the quarterbacks?
A: They have more ownership of the offense. They’re doing a better job of recognizing certain defensive looks. There is marked improvements in the overall passing game, so their ability to manage the offense has improved. But there’s still a long way to go.
Q: What does Wilton (Speight) or Brandon (Peters) have to do to win the job?
A: They all have to execute our offense at a high level. Our goal is to score the ball every time we have the ball. In attempting to do just that, the guy that can manage bad plays when the play breaks down and ultimately mitigate situations where we would have a negative play is the guy we hope could lead our offense.
Q: What are your impressions of the three freshman linebackers?
A: They’re all competing, they’re all athletic, they like to hit. They’re what we expected.
Q: Where have you seen improvement in Devin Bush?
A: Just a year of maturity. That’s a big thing. Just a year of development in the weight room. He’s a guy who works just as hard off the field as he does on the field. He really enjoys the game and all aspects of it. His ceiling is high.
Q: How has Mike McCray’s leadership shown?
A: Mike came in last year and won the starting spot, but if you know his background, the prior two years he was coming off some injuries. I think last year he was feeling it out early, started gaining some confidence and became a tremendous football player for us. This year he’s coming in having that background and he’s kind of imposing himself on the other guys and on the younger guys. There’s an aura about him that’s different than it was last year.
Q: What skills does Khaleke Hudson bring to the viper position?
A: “Violence. Aggression. Hammerhead. He’s a guy that just loves contact, and I think people feed off of that, too. He’s becoming very well-rounded as a player.”
Q: Do you have to slow him down at all?
A: You’re never going to tell coach [Don] Brown that you don’t want someone to run full speed into things. That’s a small part of it. Khaleke played as a freshman last year, but he’s young. He’s going to round out his game like anyone would. Coach Brown would never say take away the physicality but you learn how to play with that physicality.”
Q: How is the return game shaping up?
A: A bunch of guys. We’re all competing. We’re in camp. We’ve got a bunch of guys that are competing for the spots and working hard.
Q: What about the kicking game?
A: It’s going to stay wide open. They’re all going to have a chance to compete at a high level every day. That’s going to go up until the very end. … The same with the punters, the same with the return guys, the same with the snappers. Those guys are all even right now and they’re all competing.”
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