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New in Blue: Houston transfer quarterback John O’Korn

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

John OKorn(Justin Tijerina, The Daily Cougar)

John O’Korn – QB | 6-4, 220 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – St. Thomas Aquinas (University of Houston)
ESPN: 3-star, #38 QB, 77 grade Rivals: 3-star, #31 ProQB 247: 3-star, #24 ProQB Scout: 3-star, #38 QB
Other top offers: Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Louisville, Syracuse, Houston, North Carolina, South Florida
*Class of 2013

Less than 24 hours after polishing off his first 14-man recruiting class at the University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has apparently added some future insurance to the quarterback position by landing Houston transfer John O’Korn.

Although it hasn’t been made official by the program, the newest Wolverine to be announced the news via Twitter on Thursday.

O’Korn lit up the American Athletic Conference in 2013 as a freshman, setting Houston records with 3,117 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed 58.1 percent of his passes and posted a passer rating of 133 en route to winning the AAC’s Rookie of the Year award.

Following his breakout freshman season, as Smart Football’s Chris Brown pointed out, O’Korn had to adjust to a new offensive coordinator due to Doug Meachem’s departure for TCU, and the entire offense suffered because of it. O’Korn lost his starting role after throwing just six touchdowns and eight picks through five games. The sophomore struggled after starting the season with a four-interception performance in the opener against UTSA.

With a hew head coach coming in this season, former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, Houston granted O’Korn his release in January. Due to NCAA transfer rules, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native won’t don the winged helmet until 2016 and he will have two years of eligibility remaining. As it stands, O’Korn will likely jump into a position grouping that includes Shane Morris, Wilton Speight, Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry.

Michigan hoops preview: IUPUI

Monday, November 12th, 2012

#5 Michigan v. IUPUI
Monday, Nov. 12
9pm ET
1-0 Record 1-0
100 Points Per Game 67
62 Scoring Defense 54
38-for-66 (57.6%) Field Goal % 26-for-59 (44.1%)
24-for-65 (36.9%) Def. Field Goal % 21-for-54 (38.9%)
12-for-19 (63.2%) 3-point % 8-for-23 (34.8%)
6-for-21 (28.6%) Def. 3-point % 5-for-17 (29.4%)
12-for-19 (63.2%) Free Throw % 7-for-8 (87.5%)
12.0 FT Made/Game 7.0
42.0 Rebounds Per Game 36.0
31.0 Opp. Reb. Per Game 33.0
19.0 Assists Per Game 14.0
9.0 Turnovers Per Game 14.0
5.0 Steals Per Game 5.0
3.0 Blocks Per Game 2.0
G – Tim Hardaway (25.0)
G – Trey Burke (21.0)
Leading Scorer G – John Hart (19.0)
C – Mitchell Patton (15.0)
G – Tim Hardaway (10.0)
F – Mitch McGary (9.0)
Leading Rebounder F – Donovan Gibbs (9.0)
C – Mitchell Patton (7.0)

Michigan throttled Slippery Rock on Friday night and now returns to action tonight in the NIT Season Tip-Off against IUPUI. It will be the first Division I team Michigan has faced so far this season – both exhibition games and Friday’s game were against Division II foes.

IUPUI won its first game of the season on Friday 67-54 over Utah Valley. The Jaguars were picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll for The Summit League after finishing 14-18 last season. Two starters from that squad return this season, as well as a transfer from Purdue.

The leading returning starter is Ian Chiles, who averaged 10.5 points per game last season. He shot 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from three.

The transfer from Purdue is John Hart who led the Jags with 19 points on Friday night. He played in 63 games over three seasons for the Boilermakers and averaged 3.8 points per game during the 2010-11 season.

Sophomore forward Lyonell Gaines started 27 of 32 games as a true freshman last season, averaging 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. However, he scored just two points in 13 minutes on Friday night.

Center Mitchell Patton scored 15 on 7-of-11 shooting. He averaged 3.9 points per game a year ago. The other starters were guard Greg Rice, forward Donovan Gibbs, and guard Sean Esposito. Rice and Gibbs both scored 10 and Gibbs led the team with nine rebounds, while Esposito scored just three on 1-of-8 shooting. He was a 40 percent three-point shooter last season while coming off the bench.

The first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off shouldn’t give Michigan much trouble, especially inside where Michigan is now strong with the addition of Mitch McGary, the presence of Jordan Morgan, and emergence of Jon Horford (provided he stays healthy). On the perimeter, IUPUI just won’t have the talent to keep up with Michigan’s highly-touted backcourt. Expect another big win to pull Michigan within a win of advancing to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden.