O’Korn to start for Michigan; Speight out ‘multiple weeks’

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh announced on Monday that quarterback Wilton Speight will miss “multiple weeks” with an injury and that fifth-year senior John O’Korn will start against Michigan State on Saturday.

Harbaugh did not provide specifics on the injury to Speight, who left the Wolverines’ game at Purdue two weeks ago after taking a hit to the back of the head and the neck area. He was taken to a medical facility for X-rays and did not return to the game.

“He won’t be able to compete this week or for multiple weeks (due to injury),” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to be out. John O’Korn will be the starter.”

O’Korn will be backed up by redshirt freshman Brandon Peters, with freshman Dylan McCaffrey moving up to third string. Peters got his first career snaps against the Boilermakers, while McCaffrey has not appeared in a game for the Wolverines.

O’Korn started one game against Indiana last week, and threw for 270 yards, one touchdown and one interception in relief of Speight in the 28-10 victory over Purdue.

“John’s done a fantastic job ever since he got here,” Harbaugh said. “In every role he’s been in, he’s acquitted himself very well. Including coming off the bench and leading our team to a victory against Purdue. I think that speaks volumes.”

Speight has thrown for 581 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions this season while posting a 121.9 passer rating. O’Korn’s rating is at 170.7 while completing 19 of 27 passes (70.4 percent) – 26 of which game in the Purdue game.

Michigan ranks 73rd in the FBS in total offense per game and 72nd in passing yards per game.

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