Harbaugh: We’re keeping things under wraps, just like Florida

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh

Ann Arbor – Let the games begin.

The head games.

Michigan and Florida are remaining mum on naming starting quarterbacks for Saturday’s season opener at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“People make a big deal about our roster and not announcing our starting quarterback,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday at his weekly news conference. “I have not seen the starting quarterback come out of Florida. Never any mention of that. Very interesting.

“Yes, we’d like to have that information from them. I’m sure they’d like to have it from us. Right now, neither is giving that information.”

Florida coach Jim McElwain apparently dodged quarterback questions at his news conference Monday.

“The quarterback situation, we have a plan that’s in place,” McElwain told reporters, according to GatorCountry.com. “Not going to tell you what it is, so there’s no reason to ask, but we’re excited about that. We’ll leave that for them to guess as well.”

McElwain has said all three of Florida’s quarterbacks – Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio, who started last season, have rotated with the first-team offense and all three will play against Michigan.

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“They’re going to prepare, obviously, for the read-option stuff and quarterback run stuff as well as being able to contain a guy in the pocket,” McElwain told reporters Monday. “At the same time, we’ve got to prepare for locking it up and letting those other guys throw ’er downfield.”

That Harbaugh has not revealed his starting quarterback is nothing new. That’s been his style at Michigan entering the season opener.

About midway through camp, Harbaugh said the quarterback competition was down to last year’s starting quarterback Wilton Speight and John O’Korn. Speight, voted Most Improved Player by coaches last season, completed 204-of-331 passes (61.6 percent) for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns with seven interceptions last year. O’Korn was the backup and started the Indiana game when Speight was sidelined with a left shoulder injury.