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Michigan QB Wilton Speight Injured: What Does It All Mean?


What will Michigan do without QB Wilton Speight for the regular season? What does it all mean?


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Michigan QB Wilton Speight Out For Regular Season: What Does It All Mean?

Michigan’s loss to Iowa didn’t really matter for its College Football Playoff chances, but the bigger loss was QB Wilton Speight, who’s reportedly out for the final two games after suffering a broken collarbone against the Hawkeyes. On the year, he completed 62% of his passes for 2,156 yards and 15 scores with four picks, but he struggled against Iowa, connecting on just 11-of-26 throws for 103 yards with an interception.

John O’Korn, your table is ready. Shane Morris will get a few reps, but all eyes are on O’Korn to take over the offense and try leading the way to the playoff. The former Houston transfer saw a little time here and there this year, completing 13-of-18 passes for 114 yards and two scores.

Brilliant as a freshman for the Cougars, he threw for 3,117 yards and 28 touchdowns, but he had a problem with interceptions, giving away ten. He threw eight as a sophomore before getting benched.

So what does Michigan do now? It lets O’Korn step in and keep everything rolling as is. O’Korn was close to getting the starting job before the season, but Speight looked stronger – the O can keep on moving. Now, the Wolverines rely even more on the power running game and the suffocating defense. That shouldn’t be a problem against Indiana, but O’Korn being ready to rock for the Ohio State game is obviously going to matter.

The biggest winner? Penn State. The Nittany Lions have to win out against Rutgers and Michigan State to keep Ohio State out of the Big Ten championship, and they’re in if the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines. Michigan can absolutely still win in Columbus, but the odds decrease now. If OSU wins, it’ll most likely be Penn State vs. Wisconsin for the title, and with the winner likely getting into the College Football Playoff.