Inside the Huddle with Jim Harbaugh: Speight's growth, Tom Brady as honorary captain and more

Posted at 3:16 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 21:17:00-04

Following Michigan's 51-14 win over UCF on Saturday, Brad Galli sat down one-on-one with head coach Jim Harbaugh for our weekly Inside the Huddle interview.

Harbaugh discussed quarterback Wilton Speight, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

He said he has seen Speight improve over the 21 months working with him, and is impressed by his arm strength and 6-foot-6 stature. The one thing Harbaugh saw improve the most was his accuracy.

"He makes an improvement and it sticks, and you can count on that's the new level," he said. "What a difference a year has made for him, and reps, a lot of reps."

Tom Brady is also visiting the university next week to serve as honorary captain during his 4-game suspension.

Harbaugh said they mostly exchanged emails and text messages about getting Brady to visit, and said Brady put his trust in the head coach to do what was best for the Michigan program.

"It really came down to this, he goes, 'Whatever is good for Michigan,' Tom said whatever I (Jim Harbaugh) thinks is good for Michigan, then Tom wanted to do," he said. "That says it all doesn't it?"

Finally, Brad asked Harbaugh if Jim Harbaugh the player would like to play for Jim Harbaugh the coach. He said he thinks he would enjoy it, and that maybe he did.

"Well I played for Bo Schembechler and Mike Ditka," he said. "I would've liked to play for me."