Michigan QB Wilton Speight out for several weeks, John O’Korn to start

Michigan QB Wilton Speight will be out for several weeks, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.

“He wont’ be able to compete this week or for multiple weeks,” Harbaugh said about Speight.

Harbaugh didn’t go into the specifics of the injury.

John O’Korn will be the start as Michigan (4-0) plays rival Michigan State at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC this Saturday.

“John’s done a fantastic job every since he’s got here, in every role he’s been in, he’s acquitted himself well, including coming off the bench and leading our team to a victory against Purdue. I think that speaks volumes,” Harbaugh said.

Brandon Peters will be the backup and Dylan McCaffrey is QB No. 3.

Speight left Michigan’s 28-10 win against Purdue on Sept. 23. With 5:06 remaining in the first quarter, Speight was sacked by Markus Bailey and took another hit from Eddy Wilson as he was going down.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh later called the hit on Speight “egregious.”

“Somebody asked me if I saw the play … I thought it was egregious,” Harbaugh told reporters Monday. “With all the emphasis on protecting defenseless players, it appeared the player knew what he was doing.”

With Speight out, John O’Korn stepped in and led the Wolverines to a win. O’Korn was 18-for-26 for 270 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.

Speight is 44-for-81 passing for 581 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Last season, Speight passed for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

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