Michigan’s Wilton Speight takes reps in practice

Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News
Michigan's chances in Columbus could hinge on whether QB Wilton Speight is healthy enough to start.

Ann Arbor – Michigan starting quarterback Wilton Speight, who missed the last game with a shoulder injury, took reps Tuesday in practice along with backup John O’Korn.

The No. 3 Wolverines are preparing to face No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Speight injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder late in the game at Iowa and sat out last Saturday’s game against Indiana. O’Korn started and played the entire game.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has said Speight is “day-to-day.”

“We’re getting reps with both guys and just trying to make sure we’re on key,” receiver Amara Darboh said. “And make sure the timing’s right. I think both guys are very poised and both guys are great competitors. Regardless of who it is I think they’re going to give it their all come Saturday.”

Darboh said he could not say for sure if the reps were even between the two.

“I’m not keeping a chart,” he said. “I wouldn’t know if it’s even.”

He was asked how Speight is holding up.

“He seemed fine,” Darboh said.

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Running back De’Veon Smith clammed up when asked Tuesday whether he took a pass or even a handoff from Speight.

Harbaugh said Monday that Speight looks like he’s progressing.

“He’s gotten better every day, to my eye he’s looked better every day,” Harbaugh said, stressing he’s not a doctor and that’s just his opinion.

Keeping an eye on the Buckeyes

Throughout the season, the Wolverines said they’ve kept tabs on the Buckeyes. During Michigan’s bye week mid-season, the Wolverines used some time to prep for the Buckeyes and the other five teams they faced coming off that weekend.

“During the bye week we spent a few days practicing for them and preparing for them just like we prepared and practiced for our opponents after the bye week,” safety Dymonte Thomas said. “When you’re in a bye week it gives you more time to watch film and study them, so coach Harbaugh said, when you’re home watch Michigan State and watch Ohio State and watch how Ohio State calls their plays

“It helps you get ready and prepare for them, lets you think what plays they’ve got coming for you so when we get into practice it’s not new to us. We’re already like, ‘Ah, yeah, I remember this,’ so the practices are much faster and high temp.”