John O’Korn

John O’Korn‘s college football journey is a tale of explosive highs and unexpected turns, a narrative etched in thrilling comebacks and heartbreaking defeats. It’s a story that transcended two prestigious programs, Houston and Michigan, leaving an indelible mark on both. O’Korn’s legacy isn’t merely about statistics or championships; it’s about resilience, grit, and the unwavering pursuit of a dream under the Friday night lights.

O’Korn’s football odyssey began in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he honed his gunslinging skills. However, once his family moved to Florida, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. In his final high school season, he guided his team to the 2012 FHSAA 7A State Championship, as the offense averaged 43 points per game.

Michigan Wolverines quarterback John O'Korn scrambles away from trouble during Michigan's 31-20 loss to Ohio State in a college football game
John O’Korn scrambles away from trouble during Michigan’s 31-20 loss to Ohio State in a college football game (Photo by Lon Horwedel/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A Spark Ignites: Rookie of the Year Stardom

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Houston head coach Tony Levine, sensing a hidden gem, entrusted O’Korn with the starting reins. As a freshman, O’Korn saw action against the Southern Tigers, where he threw for 107 yards. He also had three touchdowns in the contest.

O’Korn wasn’t just winning; he was rewriting the Cougar record books. He finished his freshman campaign with a staggering 3,117 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, earning the coveted American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year award.

Sophomore Slump and the Quest for Consistency

The 2014 season presented new challenges. Injuries and inconsistent play saw O’Korn lose his starting role. Yet, his competitive spirit remained undimmed.

He had just 951 passing yards in six games. O’Korn also had six touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

He saw action in the first part of the season. Then played in just two games after October. He had 98 passing yards in a loss to the UCF Knights.

He also threw one pass for seven yards in a win over the SMU Mustangs on November 28th.

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A Change of Scenery: Rebooting in Ann Arbor (2015-2017)

Seeking a fresh start, O’Korn made the bold decision to transfer to the University of Michigan in 2015. He landed amongst the storied echoes of the Big House, a pressure cooker unlike any he’d experienced. O’Korn sat out the year due to transfer rules, meticulously studying the intricate playbook under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

In his first season with the Wolverines, O’Korn saw limited action with the team in 2016. He backed up starter Wilton Speight, who appeared in 12 games. Speight threw for 2,538 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

O’Korn threw for just 173 yards in backup duty for the Maize and Blue. He also had two touchdown passes.

The Senior Season: Unfinished Business

In his final season with the Wolverines, O’Korn led the team in passing yards. He had a team-high 973 yards. He also had two touchdown passes and six interceptions in nine games.

He had a season-high 270 yards in a win over the Purdue Boilermakers. He also had one touchdown pass and one interception.

In no other game did O’Korn throw for more than 198 yards. He had the aforementioned 198 passing yards in a loss against the Michigan State Spartans.

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