With just five games remaining, Michigan is not where they expected themselves to be at this point in the season. The Wolverines lost a bad game to Michigan State at home before traveling to State College two weeks later to get blown out by Penn State. For the first time in years, Michigan has dropped out of the AP top 25 rankings. Wilton Speight has been out since the Purdue game and and his return is completely unknown. John O’Korn has taken over as the starting quarterback and has performed far too poorly to compete with the Big Ten’s top teams.
It is an understatement to say O’Korn is not performing well enough. Playing in a total of five games this season, he has accounted for 729 passing yards, 1 touchdown and four interceptions. He has worlds of trouble finding open receivers down field and frequently decides to take sacks. The young receivers aren’t helping him out either, dropping passes week after week. Michigan’s rushing attack has also been inconsistent, ranking 55th in the country. The most troubling unit on the team may be the offensive line. The Wolverines are ranked No. 114 in tackles for loss allowed, and No. 118 in sacks allowed. The offense has seem to hit a plateau with O’Korn at quarterback. If anything, the entire unit has gotten worse each week since he’s taken over.
This offense needs a spark in order to have a chance of beating teams like Wisconsin and Ohio State. That spark may be former four star quarterback recruit Brandon Peters. The 6’5″, 220 pound sophomore has patiently been waiting on the bench for his opportunity. Peters may be the future of this Michigan offense, as O’Korn and Speight are both in their senior seasons. Brandon also had a better spring game than any quarterback on the roster. It just makes sense to start developing the quarterback of the future, as appose to watching the 5th year senior struggle mightily. Regardless, Michigan is 5-2, unranked, and tied with Rutgers for 4th place in the Big Ten East. What does this team have to lose by just trying a different quarterback?
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