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ESPN: Quarterback is Michigan’s Achilles’ heel

Jim Russ
The Detroit News
Wilton Speight

Michigan lost steady quarterback Jake Rudock, and that’s one reason the position is Michigan’s “Achilles’ heel” this season, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg says.

Rittenberg identified a “trouble spot” for the top 10 teams in the AP preseason poll, and for No. 7 Michigan, he predicts that will be quarterback, where by all indications it’s a two-man race between John O’Korn and Wilton Speight. Shane Morris also has been getting work with Michigan’s first-team offense in practice.

Rittenberg: “Whoever wins the job will have arguably the nation's best tight end at his disposal in Jake Butt, as well as two improving wide receivers in Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson. Not to mention (Jim) Harbaugh as a coach. But there's doubt around the Big Ten that Michigan will get another year of clean, consistent play from a new signal-caller.”

John O'Korn

Rittenberg quotes one Big Ten defensive coordinator: "I just don't think they're good enough on offense."

Michigan went 10-3 under Rudock’s direction last season. He completed 249-of-389 passes for 3,017 yards, with 20 TD and nine interceptions. His completion percentage of 64.0 ranked first in the Big Ten and his passer rating of 141.5 ranked second behind Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld (151.0).

Michigan ranked fourth in the Big Ten in scoring offense (31.4 points) and fourth in total offense (395.9 yards).