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Jim Harbaugh updates quarterback battle heading into fall camp

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh appeared on The Rich Eisen Show on Friday and updated the fierce quarterback battle heading into fall camp.

Not much has changed with the quarterback battle brewing in Ann Arbor heading into fall.

With the coaching staff not being able to work with the players until fall camp, it's up to the players themselves to work out on their own, form a rapport with the receiving corps and to somehow find a way to separate themselves from the pack early on in the process.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh appeared on The Rich Eisen on Friday and was asked about the quarterback position. Have the Wolverines found their quarterback yet?

"No not yet," Harbaugh said. "The summer is a great time for improvement at the quarterback position. A guy can throw with receivers, a lot of working out to be done, getting into great shape. You can also get better playing quarterback just by yourself. Like a kicker, punter and snapper the quarterback is one of the rare positions in football where you can improve on your own. You wait until they come back from summer to see who's made the most progress. We'll throw the balls out there on August 8th to see who competes better."

Not much was learned when asked who was sticking out right now. Coming in and out of spring, it appeared to be a two-man battle between John O'Korn and Wilton Speight. Heading into the middle of July, that still appears to be the case.

Of course, the cream of the crop will not begin to rise until the coaching staff can see the results for themselves.

"Right now there's two guys leading in Wilton Speight and John O'Korn," Harbaugh said. "Brandon Peters, who is a true freshman will be in the mix as well, and Shane Morris. No agendas, no tricks or gimmicks, whoever plays better will be our quarterback. They're fighting for it, they're really competing hard."

Just how hard are they competing? The quarterbacks will go as far as interrupting secret throwing sessions according to the receivers, no one wants to give the other separation.

"The receivers tell me that the quarterback will set up a secret throwing session and text a few of the receivers to come meet them," Harbaugh said. "One of those receivers runs with the other quarterback and he finds out, he shows up so they're not letting either one get an edge over the other. They're battling, it's good. A little gravel in the gut, it's important to them and that's a good place for us to be right now."


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