Two in front for starting quarterback job
Written by Matt Pargoff   

At Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Jim Harbaugh described Michigan’s quarterback situation as a three-horse race, stating that he hoped and expected to find a starter in the first 8-15 practices of fall camp. While he had not yet reached a final conclusion on that decision Friday, he noted that two from the group had stepped ahead.

Brandon Peters was the Wolverines’ most proficient passer in the spring game, gaining status as a fan favorite in some circles, but the sophomore signal caller seems to have fallen into third place in the race to win the job.

Michigan’s two most experienced quarterbacks, Wilton Speight and John O’Korn, are currently leading the charge.

“John and Wilton have really stepped up,” said Harbaugh. “They’ve created a little bit of separation. They’re battling now. Ones with the ones and the next day the other is with the ones, with the other with the twos. We’re keeping a very close eye on it and it’s progressing well.”

Speight started 12 games last year, completing 61.6% of his passes while throwing 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Suffering an injury in the Iowa game late in the year, he gave way to O’Korn for a rough one-game outing against Indiana before resuming his role as starter against Ohio State.

While O’Korn completed just 43.8% of his passes in his one extended Michigan showing, he was the AAC’s Freshman of the Year in 2013 at Houston, when he threw for 3,117 yards.

 

 
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