Wilton Speight starts for Michigan vs. OSU

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh talks to Wilton Speight  during warmups Saturday.

Columbus, Ohio – It has been a quarterback mystery all week at Michigan – will starter Wilton Speight be ready to go, or will backup John O’Korn make his second straight start?

Michigan went with Speight.

Speight was working with the first-team offense during pre-game warmups as third-ranked Michigan prepared for its final regular-season against arch-rival Ohio State, ranked No. 2 at Ohio Stadium.

Michigan received the opening kickoff, and when the offense took the field, it was Speight directing the Wolverines.

The game has Big Ten and national championship implications. If Michigan wins, it will play in the Big Ten championship game next week against Wisconsin.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had said since last week that Speight is “day-to-day” and refuted any reports Speight was done for the season because of an unspecified injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder.

Speight did not play last week against Indiana. O’Korn started and led the Wolverines to a victory over Indiana to preserve their unbeaten record at home. But during pre-game warmups on Saturday, Speight threw well but did appear to be favoring his left arm.

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