Michigan Wolverines starting quarterback Wilton Speight is expected to be sidelined “multiple weeks” with an undisclosed injury, head coach Jim Harbaugh announced.
“He won’t be able to compete this week or for multiple weeks (due to injury),” Harbaugh said, via the Detroit Free Press. “He’s going to be out. John O’Korn will be the starter.”
Speight left Michigan’s win over Purdue on Sept. 23 after getting hit in the back of the head and neck area, and the seventh ranked Wolverines will look to O’Korn to lead the program to a win over in-state rival Michigan State this Saturday.
“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.”
The Wolverines 6-foot-4, 211-pound senior quarterback completed 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception after replacing Speight against the Boilermakers.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters is expected to backup O’Korn and true freshman Dylan McCaffrey will be the Wolverines third-string quarterback on Saturday.
Michigan’s offense has struggled to move the ball through the air this season and is ranked ninth in the Big Ten in terms of passing yards. The Wolverines have thrown just four touchdowns to three interceptions through four games, but have the nation’s top ranked defense in terms of yards allowed.