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John O'Korn | Quarterback

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220

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Michigan QB John O'Korn said that he was the most NFL-ready quarterback in the 2018 draft class.
O'Korn believes he's tops in this draft class "just as far as terminology, and knowing what to do on a day-to-day basis, game-planning." He cited the fact that he was "part of game-plan meetings" while at Michigan. Beyond the headline quote -- O'Korn had best not check out social media for the response -- it's an admirable enough piece of spin, if nothing else. The signal-caller did acknowledge the base reality that he was likely going to end up a seventh-round selection or undrafted free agent, saying that a shot at an NFL roster is "all I can really ask for." After posting a 34/18 TD/INT ratio in two years at Houston, O'Korn transferred to Michigan, where he wound up playing sparingly and struggling when he did receive his opportunities. He's not a real draft prospect. Mar 24 - 11:22 AM

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Senior QB John O'Korn will start for Michigan against Ohio State on Saturday.

Good luck, have fun Michigan. O'Korn is not a good collegiate quarterback and he will face one of the best defensive lines in all of football. In fact, O'Korn has not thrown a touchdown since September 23.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Michigan senior QB John O'Korn completed just 16-of-28 passes for 159 yards in a 42-13 blowout loss to Penn State on Saturday.

It's back-to-back stinkers for the senior quarterback, who are missing Wilton Speight (back) more than Wolverine fans were anticipating. He doesn't have elite weapons, but his inability to get the ball downfield as well as inconsistency with accuracy is a major problem for this offense. The best thing we can say is that he gets to play Rutgers next week.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 11:16:00 PM

Michigan beat writer Nick Baumgardner believes "this is it" for the team's passing offense to show up against Penn State.

"Something. Anything. More than the bare minimum would be a start," Baumgardner writes. Wilton Speight showed plenty of struggles early in the season, but somehow the passing offense got even worse when John O'Korn stepped in as the replacement starter. Expect Michigan to run the football... but Penn State knows that as well. No turnovers and a few big plays are a must for Michigan to have a chance.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 10:57:00 AM

Michigan redshirt senior QB John O'Korn completed 10-of-20 passes for 58 yards in Saturday's 27-20 overtime win over Indiana.

Oh dear goodness no. While O'Korn did not throw an interception in the narrow win -- he tossed three of them against Michigan State last weekend -- he showed little offensive juice against the Hoosiers. At this juncture, we would not be surprised if QB Brandon Peters started to draw a closer look for the offensively-challenged Wolverines. O'Korn just hasn't shown anything in his starting opportunities in place of Wilton Speight (back).
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 05:03:00 PM

Michigan redshirt senior QB John O'Korn completed 16-of-35 passes for 198 yards and three interceptions in Saturday's 14-10 loss to Michigan State.

Starting in place of Wilton Speight (back), O'Korn proved mostly incapable of providing any sort of a jump-start to what's been a pulling-teeth offensive attack for the Wolverines this season. Still, even with O'Korn's three interceptions, UM still had a chance for a late miracle win. On the team's final drive of the game, though, a pair of drops by Eddie McDoom and Donovan Peoples-Jones hampered the team's movement and O'Korn was ultimately unable to hit on his heave to the end zone as the clock hit double zeroes. Speight is reportedly going to miss the remainder of the season due to three fractured vertebrae, meaning that O'Korn should continue to see starting action moving forward. Saturday's performance was less than encouraging.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 11:26:00 PM

Michigan redshirt senior QB John O'Korn will start this weekend against Michigan State with Wilton Speight (soft tissue injury) out.

O'Korn completed 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards and a 1/1 TD/INT rate in a victory over Purdue two Saturdays back. Michigan was on bye last week. O'Korn should hold the job for at least the next few games, with Speight out "multiple weeks" with a soft tissue injury.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 02:04:00 PM

Michigan redshirt senior QB John O'Korn completed 18-of-26 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown with an interception in a 28-10 victory over Purdue on Saturday.

O'Korn (6'4/220) came in early after quarter Wilton Speight left (undisclosed), and for the most part, he was effective. He shows more accuracy than Speight has this year, and outside of one bad interception, he took care of the ball. His touchdown pass was 12-yard strike to Brycen Hopkins to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead. It's unclear if Speight will have to miss any time, but considering how O'Korn played against the Boilermakers, he might have earned a chance for a start against Michigan State after their bye next week.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 07:48:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior QB John O'Korn will return to campus for the 2017 season.

O'Korn isn't exactly walking back into an inviting situation for playing time. Wilton Speight will be back next year, too. And the depth chart figures to become even more crowded with four-star 2017 QB Dylan McCaffrey joining the fray after National Signing Day. Still, no shame in coming back to a comfortable environment for O'Korn. In his lone start this season (filling in for an injured Speight), the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder completed 7-of-16 passes for 59 yards against Indiana on November 19.
Tue, Jan 3, 2017 01:53:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior QB John O'Korn completed 7-of-16 passes for 59 yards in Saturday's 20-10 win over Indiana.

Conditions -- snowy, windy, cold, first start of season -- weren't great for O'Korn, here. Regardless, this wasn't a particularly encouraging performance coming just one week ahead of The Game. Regular starter Wilton Speight (shoulder) did take part in pregame warmups, a nice sign that he might be able to at least try to give it a go next weekend.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 07:04:00 PM

Michigan redshirt junior QB John O'Korn will start against Indiana on Saturday.

Regular starter Wilton Speight did participate in pregame warm-ups, but he will sit this one out with the shoulder injury he suffered against Iowa last weekend. This will be O'Korn's first start of the season. In limited action this season, the Houston transfer has completed 13-of-18 passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 03:34:00 PM

Michigan RB coach Tyrone Wheatley said that redshirt junior QB John O'Korn does not represent a "drop-off" from Wilton Speight (shoulder).

Michigan has yet to rule out Speight for Saturday's showdown with Indiana, but all signs are pointing toward O'Korn drawing the start at this juncture. Said Wheatley, "O'Korn is going to do well. We don't look at it as a drop-off, we don't look at it as anything different." Houston transfer O'Korn's best collegiate season came back in 2013, when he passed for 3,117 yards with a 28/10 TD/INT ratio. He struggled in 2014 (6/8 TD/INT ratio in six games) before transferring to Michigan.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Michigan OC Tim Drevno indicated that the team does not plan on playing two quarterbacks this season.

Wilton Speight and John O'Korn are battling it out for the honor to replace Jake Rudock, but neither player in the competition has pulled away as of yet. HC Jim Harbaugh has been impressed with the overall level of play from both young men, saying, "Sometimes (early in camps the quarterbacks will) struggle with their accuracy or communicating or fumbled snaps on the ground. We haven’t been seeing that. We’ve seen solid play that’s improving, too." While Harbaugh has yet to even remotely tip his hand as to his choice, O'Korn is widely believed to be the frontrunner here.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 01:35:00 PM

ESPN calls Michigan redshirt junior QB John O'Korn the most important transfer of the 2016 season.

Take notice: Baker Mayfield, Jake Coker, Chad Kelly, Jeremy Cash and Vernon Adams are just a few transfers who played pivotal roles in how last season played out. As a true frosh at Houston in 2013, O'Korn threw for more than 3,000 yards and was named American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. "Given the lofty expectations for the Wolverines in 2016, O'Korn could follow Mayfield and Coker as transfer quarterbacks to make the playoff," wrote Andrea Adelson.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jan 25, 2016 01:16:00 PM

Houston junior QB John O'Korn announced he will transfer to Michigan.

Unless we are mistaken, O'Korn will almost certainly have to sit out a season once transferring. He passed for 4,068 yards in two seasons, completed 56 percent of his passes and had a 34:18 TD to INT ratio. He only played in seven games in 2014, however.
Thu, Feb 5, 2015 12:58:00 PM