Michigan'south new QB with have a talented trio of targets

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:03 PM

Far from the glare, Michigan'south envelope-pushing coach will have months to determine who'll be below middle for the first click that counts on Sept.

Michigan'south new QB with have a talented trio of targets

Jim Harbaugh kicked off spring practice in FL below the Sunday and wrapped it up at the Large House below the lights.

Far from the glare, Michigan'south envelope-pushing coach will have months to determine who'll be below middle for the first click that counts on Sept. three against HI in the season opener.

Harbaugh'south choices comprise Houston transfer John O'Korn, relatively experienced Shane Morris and Wilton Speight, who threw a game-winning touchdown pass late in a game latest year at MN in relief of injured starter Jake Rudock.

O'Korn threw thirty-four TD passes over two seasons at Houston before leaving to sit out at MI latest year. Morris started two games and played in tenth for former coach Brady Hoke, then redshirted below Harbaugh. Speight played in six games as a backup latest season as a sophomore.

Whoever ends up winning the work will be able to lean on three talented seniors: tight finish Jake Butt and receivers Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh.

Butt, Darboh and Chesson each had at least fifty receptions and five hundred yards receiving, becoming the first trio to draw off that feat in the same season for the Wolverines.

The 6-foot-6 Butt caught fifty-one passes, two shy of Bennie Joppru'south single-season record for a MI tight end, and his six hundred fifty-four yards receiving ranked third in school history for players at his position. He was a second-team All-American and Large Ten tight finish of the year.

Butt expects to do even more next season.

"I truly believe I'm the best tight finish in the country," he said entering Friday'south spring finale.

Chesson, an All-Big Ten receiver and team MVP, led latest year'south team with seven hundred sixty-four yards and nine receiving TDs.

The speedy receiver has been slowed this spring, held out of practices to rest what he described as a sore right knee that he said didn't necessity to be surgically repaired during the offseason. When the team had an open practice at Ford Field latest month, a brace protected Chesson'south right knee while he worked on his upper-body strength on the sideline.

"It was my decision to close it down for the spring, but I'll be prepared to go this summer," Chesson said at Schembechler Hall. "I don't look anything slowly me down, but it'south a mental thing I'll have to get over."

Darboh had a team-high fifty-eight catches for seven hundred twenty-seven yards and five TDs. He complements Chesson'south speed with brute strength and soft hands.

"When he catches a pass, it makes a perfect sound," Butt said. "That'south probably because he'south got some weird muscles in his hands. We've got a dumbbell that weighs about two hundred pounds. If you can lift it, which only six or seven linemen have, you obtain your title on a wooden box. One day, Darboh picked up and looked around love it was nothing."

Harbaugh created waves in the offseason by touring the South, holding camps for prospects and spending the night at recruits' houses. He turned signing day into a spectacle with stars such as Tom Brady and Derek Jeter in attendance. Instead of giving his players the week off for spring break, he took them to FL to practice. And instead of wrapping up spring drills on a relatively drowsy Saturday, as the school has done in the past, he chose to do it on a Friday evening.

The Wolverines shrugged at the fuss over Harbaugh'south outside-the-box ideas.

"He keeps finding ways to separate from the contest by being innovative," Chesson said.

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