Michigan Wolverines look for quarterback Wilton Speight to bounce back vs. Cincinnati

Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight, left, throws a pass under pressure form Florida defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga during their game on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. (AP photo)


AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR — Wilton Speight had a shaky start.

And Jim Harbaugh made him sit.

Michigan’s quarterback was benched briefly in the second quarter of last week’s season-opening win.

John O’Korn went into the game before the backup went back to the sideline. Speight made the most of his second chance in a 33-17 win over No. 17 Florida. He earned another start for the No. 8 Wolverines vs. Cincinnati (1-0) Saturday in their home opener.

“If you can’t handle that type of situation when something goes bad, it’s the wrong position to be playing,” Harbaugh said. “I thought he did very well. Sometimes that breaks a guy.”

Speight moved Michigan down the field well enough in the second half that it scored 20 points to pull away from the Gators. He had thrown two interceptions in the first half that were returned for scores.