BRADENTON -- Michigan's search for a warm weather site to hold part of its spring football practice was simple with the Wolverines using IMG Academy.
The search to find a new starting quarterback is not so easy. It began in earnest this week, but the Big Blue will return home this weekend without a designated number one.
Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno said the job is wide open, but he is not worried.
"I am very pleased with all them (the quarterbacks). There is no one person that is going with the ones. You guys can see that. We are just rolling the balls out and playing football and see where it takes us," Drevno said. "Jim (Harbaugh) and I will talk
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about it and as we go through we will see how it progresses. Right now we are going to day four. Then we head back to Ann Arbor and we will see."
The quarterback with the most experience is junior transfer John O'Korn, who Manatee High football fans are familiar with because of his days with St. Thomas Aquinas. In 2012, O'Korn engineered the biggest upset in the state when Aquinas produced a 35-18 Class 7A state semifinal victory against Manatee, which was riding a 25-game win streak and was ranked No. 1 in the country.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder sat out last season and ran the scout team after transferring from Houston where, in 2013, he was the American Athletic Conference freshman of the year after throwing for 3,177 yards and 28 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. But he lost his job toward the end of his sophomore season when the team slumped under a new offensive coordinator.
"I like John. I think John is a really competitive person and it's important that he wants to do things right, Drevno said. "He has really good leadership in the huddle like all those guys. I am very pleased with all of them. We are rotating them through."
The quarterbacks chose not to speak with the media this week, and with Drevno refusing to name a leader everything is open to speculation.
"We just don't say by Week 2 we will do this. As coaches you watch film, get familiar with guys and kind of go from there," Drevno said. "It's an open competition. You have to come out and prove yourself every time you take the practice field. You better love to compete."
That being said quarterback is a crowded position
Who will be under center for the season opener Sept. 3 against Hawaii is anybody's guess. Shane Morris, Wilton Speight, Alex Malzone and Brandon Peters are all battling O'Korn.
Drevno said Michigan is looking for a leader to take over the quarterback job.
"A leader doesn't have to be outspoken. He is a guy who can take great command of the huddle and make a play when there is no play to be made," Drevno said. "He has great arm strength and a great skill set, but you look for a proven winner. When the game is on the line he can make a big play. He's a true competitor and likes to win."
Regardless of who the quarterback is, he will have an array of receivers at his disposal that includes Michigan's three leading pass catchers from 2015, who combined for 159 receptions for 2,145 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The quarterbacks get a good workout throwing against a Michigan secondary that includes All-American cornerback Jourdan Lewis and a defensive line that is deep and experienced.
Alan Dell, Herald sports columnist/writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter
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