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Wilton Speight, left, is the incumbent, but he'll have to earn the starting quarterback job, Jim Harbaugh said in a radio interview.

Jim Harbaugh on Michigan QB competition: ‘Throw the balls out there,’ baseball knocked out, and more

Kevin Goheen

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One day after going on the Pardon My Take podcast, Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh joined Ann Arbor radio host Sam Webb on WTKA-AM (1050) Thursday.

Harbaugh congratulated Webb on his 10th anniversary at the station, and also spoke on the state of the Wolverines. That included how he sees the quarterback position battle shaping up between incumbent Wilton Speight and backups Brandon Peters and John O’Korn.

“Improvement can be made over the summer,” Harbaugh said. “It’ll be a fair competition starting July 31, the first day of practice. Throw the balls out there.”

Harbaugh said that it typically takes the first 10-14 days of practice for quarterbacks to find separation between the starter and backups.

“Personally, I want Wilton Speight to be the starting quarterback,” Harbaugh said. “Personally, I want John O’Korn to be the starting quarterback. Personally, I want Brandon Peters to be the starting quarterback. I’m rooting for all those three guys to be the starter on Day 1.”

Harbaugh also touched on the move of Drake Harris from wide receiver to cornerback, and freshman linebacker Ben Mason to fullback. Harbaugh approached Harris about the possible switch a few weeks back, and Harris accepted the change.

“What everybody is looking for is tall corners. They’re looking for those 6-foot-2, 3, corners at the NFL level,” Harbaugh said. “And the other thing that’s good about it is that he’s smooth. He’s a smooth athlete and he’s long. He’s got length.”

Late loss knocks Michigan out of Big Ten tourney

Michigan lost to host Indiana, 5-4, in 13 innings Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament, ending the Wolverines’ stay in Bloomington after two days. The Hoosiers scored the game-winning run on a two-out RBI single to left field by Alex Krupa to stay alive in the double-elimination tourney.

Michigan (42-15) is expected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament but must wait until Monday to see if that happens.

The Wolverines had leads of 2-0 heading into the seventh inning and 3-2 in the eighth inning, but Indiana rallied to take a 4-3 lead into the ninth. Michigan sent the game into extra innings on a two-out RBI single by Drew Lugbauer that scored Ako Thomas.

Kate Fahey, Brienne Minor roll into Round of 16

Sophomores Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor are in the final 16 of the NCAA Division I singles championships after each won in straight sets Thursday at the University of Georgia against higher-seeded players.

Fahey took down No. 8 seed Viktoriya Lushkova of Oklahoma State, 6-3, 6-0, while Minor beat No. 9 seed Gabriela Talaba of Texas Tech, 6-4, 6-2.

The wins earned All-America status for both players. Fahey will face Jessica Livianu of St. John’s on Friday, while Minor takes on Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Pepperdine. Ahmed beat top-seeded Francesca Di Lorenzo of Ohio State in the first round, 6-4, 6-2.

Fahey teamed up with Alex Najarian in the doubles competition but they lost their first-round match against the Florida duo of Kourtney Keegan and Brooke Austin, 6-2, 6-2.

The men’s doubles team of Connor Johnston and Jathan Malik also lost their first-round match, falling in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8, to Jerry Lopez and Reese Stalder of TCU.

On to Eugene

Sophomore Joe Ellis finished 10th in the hammer throw Thursday on the first day of the NCAA East preliminary round track and field meet at the University of Kentucky, earning him a spot in the national championships in Eugene, Ore. The top 12 finishers in each event advanced to the national meet (June 7-10).

Three Michigan juniors advanced from the first round of the women’s 1,500 meters: Jamie Morrissey, Jaimie Phelan, and Haley Meier. The preliminary meet goes through Sunday.

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