Late Friday night, after Michigan’s one-point loss to Florida State in the Capitol One Orange Bowl, Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press reported that quarterback John O’Korn would be returning for his last year of eligibility.
U-M quarterback John O'Korn said he will be returning to Michigan for his fifth year.
— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) December 31, 2016
O’Korn sat out during the 2015 due to transfer eligibility rules, but played in eight games and started once for the Wolverines this season, playing behind Wilton Speight—who threw for just 163 yards and one touchdown vs. the Seminoles Friday night.
At this point O’Korn will still have his work cut out for him to get under center more often, as Speight will be the leader of the Michigan offense in 2017 as he tries to improve his draft stock next season. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. had Speight as the No. 8 quarterback for the 2017 draft in a November update.
As for O’Korn, the senior quarterback completed 20-of-34 passes this season for 173 yards, two touchdowns and a 121 passer rating without throwing an interception.
Before coming to Michigan, O’Korn was named the American Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Year with Houston as a freshman. He then threw for 951 yards and six touchdowns his sophomore year.