Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says three have separated from the rest of the group in the quarterback competition this spring.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says three have separated from the rest of the group in the quarterback competition this spring.

It was only one year, but Jake Rudock came and went.

Following a tremendous finish to the 2015 season quarterbacking Michigan, Jim Harbaugh is looking for another starter heading into year two in charge of the Wolverines.

Early on in spring practice, Harbaugh left the competition open to all, splitting as many reps as possible amongst a handful of scholarship QB's.

Following Saturday's open practice at Ford Field in Detroit, the former Michigan signal caller himself revealed things are a tad different now entering the final week of spring ball.

"I would say there's, Wilton (Speight), John (O'Korn), Shane (Morris) are getting more (reps)," Harbaugh said. "It's not that even anymore now, no."

While many pegged O'Korn, the transfer from Houston with two years of remaining eligibility, as the incumbent for Rudock, Speight took the first snap under center at Saturday's practice.

Following the season opening loss to Utah a year ago in which Rudock tossed three interceptions, the Iowa transfer was responsible for six over the final 12 games of the season.

Asked what will separate one quarterback from another for the starting job in training camp this fall, Harbaugh says the recipe will be similar.

"I'm looking for a quarterback to move the team and not make the big mistake," Harbaugh said. 

"They're all in the mode of a big mistake a day so we're just going to keep plugging away, keep getting better, keep giving them things they can improve on, things they can take and use."

Unwilling to divulge any sort of order between O'Korn, Speight and Morris on the depth chart, Harbaugh likes the way the three continue to compete daily.

With Michigan's spring football game now less than a week away, that'll be another chance for all three to prove themselves in a different environment.

"Looking forward to some game like action," he said. "We're going to make it game like in the spring game and everything's going to be real tackle football, live, on the quarterbacks, everybody. 

"Live bullets for them so that'll be a nice, good sized test for us."


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