Lions will give ex-Michigan QB John O’Korn a tryout

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Former Michigan quarterback John O’Korn will be given a tryout by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent. He has not signed a contract.

“Excited to join the @Lions,” O’Korn wrote on Twitter. “Grateful for the opportunity.”

O’Korn (6-4, 210) completed 84-of-157 passes (53.5 percent) for 973 yards during his senior season at Michigan, with two touchdowns and six interceptions. He took over as UM’s starter after the injury to Wilton Speight, then lost the job to Brandon Peters.

O’Korn, 23, told The Detroit News at the end of the regular season that he hoped to continue playing football as a professional.

"Give everything I've got to that and I think it will be clear whenever it's time to hang it up, whether that's eight to nine months from now or 15-20 years from now,” O’Korn told The News. “Who knows. I'm going to continue to work until the writing is on the wall and move on. I think it will be clear when it's time."

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By his own admission, O’Korn experienced a “roller-coaster” career at Michigan after transferring from Houston.

"Not just at Michigan but just in general, it's been a roller coaster," O'Korn said. "I started as a skinny sophomore kid in Pennsylvania, and my parents saw something in me and decided to move me to Florida, closer to family, close to high school. My junior year, I had no offers, I was third string and continued to battle and got some playing time and was able to get some scholarship offers.

"I went to Houston, a guy goes down the second week of the season and started 11-12 games, getting benched the next year, coming here, expecting to play, not playing, getting a chance. It's just been a roller coaster. I think I've grown so much as a person through those experiences. It's really hard to put into words, but it's definitely prepared me for whatever's next, whether that's a long NFL career, or a career in business or politics, whatever it ends up being, all those experiences will definitely pay huge dividends in the long run."

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