Jim Harbaugh: Wilton Speight, John O'Korn, Brandon Peters Vying for Michigan QBJuly 25, 2017
Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh is not ready to name a starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
Speaking at Big Ten media days Tuesday in Chicago, he noted that Wilton Speight is not guaranteed to keep his starting spot in 2017, per Dan Murphy of ESPN.com:
"[Speight] comes in really tied for first with John O'Korn and Brandon Peters, legitimately, through competition. Throughout all the spring, we went through 15 practices, and it was a dead heat. But the good news is they all did some things. Brandon really shot up. John O'Korn really played consistently good. And Wilton really had some impressive moments as well."
Speight started 12 of the team's 13 games last season, while John O'Korn filled in one game due to injury.
The rising junior threw for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He was 9-3 as a starter, and the team averaged nearly 42 points per game when he was in the lineup.
The Wolverines scored just 20 points in a win over Indiana with O'Korn at the helm.
However, Harbaugh is clearly leaving his options open heading into 2017, especially after the squad lost three of its last four games after a 9-0 start to the 2016 season.
This also includes redshirt freshman Brandon Peters, who was the No. 3 quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, according to Scout.com and has apparently shown enough in practice to earn consideration for the starting spot.
Michigan begins its season Sept. 2 with a tough nonconference matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, against the Florida Gators.