When reports came out Monday that Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight would be out for the rest of the regular season with a broken collarbone, Wolverines fans turned their eyes to his back-up, senior John O’Korn.
Among the Michigan supporters pulling hard for O’Korn is former Wolverines running back Chris Howard, who tweeted at O’Korn, “it’s your time. This is your moment.”
@JohnOKorn it's your time. This is your moment. All the hard work and sacrifice led you here for this purpose. Good luck young man. Go Blue!
— chris howard (@choward338) November 14, 2016
Howard played at Michigan from 1994-97, rushing for 1,779 yards and helping the Wolverines to the 1997 national title. He went on to be drafted in the fifth round of the 1998 NFL Draft and to play three pro seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Michigan hosts Indiana on Saturday, then visits Ohio State on Nov. 26. The Wolverines likely have to win both games to reach the Big Ten title game and have a shot at making the College Football Playoff.
O’Korn has completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 4,182 yards in parts of three seasons at Houston and Michigan. He has appeared in seven games for the Wolverines this season but has not attempted more than five passes in any of them.