Michigan quarterback John O'Korn is in the middle of a fierce battle for the starting position before the Wolverines take the field next week against Hawaii.
Unlike last years competition with Jake Rudock, O'Korn has had an entire year to soak up all the knowledge he can to gain an edge over the competition. With that year of knowledge and an extra fall camp, he says that he has made some big strides in his game this summer.
"I think protecting the football," said O'Korn. "I think I've protected the football really well, continue to score touchdowns and lead touchdown drives. As cliche as that is, that's what it's going to take. We have a great defense and they're going to stop the other team. It's on us to score ... I think you heard coach (Harbaugh) talk eliminating the big mistake and that's something I felt like I've done very, very well this camp. In spring ball, I wasn't as comfortable with the reads and I was still trying to feel out being back in the huddle and leading the team.
"I got all those kinks out and I feel like that's been my biggest strides, being able to go out and play football again."
When will U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh announce who the starting signal-caller will be remains a mystery. What also remains a mystery is the feeling out process throughout camp. Sometimes players know when the position has been won.
In the case of U-M's quarterback battle, it's been too close for anyone to call right now.
"There's so much back and forth, honestly, that you'd like to think that you know," said O'Korn. "There's honestly times where I've felt like I knew and I'm sure there have been times where (Wilton) and Shane both felt like they knew, but it's not the case. Coach Harbaugh will tell you that he's in no rush to name a starter, whether that happens before the first game or after the first game, it's out of my hands. It's out of our hands."