ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh already knows who his starting quarterback will be Saturday when the Wolverines host Hawaii in its season opener. It could be Wilton Speight, or it could be John O’Korn.
Yet, in pure Harbaugh fashion, he won’t disclose the choice to the media.
“We know who the starting quarterback will be, yes,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I’ll say who it is for Saturday.”
Harbaugh went even further to say that Saturday’s starter already knows that he’s won the job.
Numbers and game experience say that O’Korn is the front-runner for the open job last held by Jake Rudock, who now plays for the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
But Speight has certain tangibles and intangibles — he’s 6-foot-6 and has in-game experience at Michigan — while O’Korn transferred from Houston after the 2014 season and worked with UM’s scout team last season while he sat out because of NCAA transfer rules.
Michigan did not release a depth chart for Saturday’s game, leaving some doubt that there’s still an ongoing competition for starting positions.
And for Harbaugh, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“Iron sharpening iron,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a very good thing. It’s written in the Bible. The word of God. It’s a good thing.”