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Brandon Peters likely to start at QB for Michigan vs. Minnesota

College Football, Michigan Wolverines, Minnesota Golden Gophers

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that "it's likely" that redshirt freshman Brandon Peters will get his first collegiate start at quarterback Saturday night against Minnesota.

Peters replaced fifth-year senior John O'Korn during the second quarter of a 35-14 victory against Rutgers over the weekend. Peters led the Wolverines to touchdowns on his first three drives in what amounted to his first significant playing time as a college quarterback. He finished the game 10-of-14 passing for 124 yards and 1 touchdown.

Harbaugh said he wasn't ready to name a starter this early in the week, but he complimented Peters' play against Rutgers.

"We're going in the way we have, preparing both quarterbacks," he said. "Not naming a starter today, and we'll see how the week progresses. Our system is a meritocracy, where the best players play. It was time for Brandon to play. He went in and acquitted himself very well."

Harbaugh said he was certain Peters will play at some point against the Gophers. Michigan's coaching staff made the decision before this past Saturday's game to get the former four-star prospect into the game against Rutgers. He later explained that there is a better chance than not that the second-year player will be the first quarterback on the field against Minnesota.

Michigan (6-2) has used three different quarterbacks in its first eight games of the year. Wilton Speight started the season, but he has not played since a neck injury against Purdue in late September. O'Korn was 2-2 as a starter in October, completing 55.5 percent of his passes during that stretch.

Harbaugh said he was happy with Peters' performance last Saturday and that he is looking forward to seeing what he can improve this week after his first significant minutes in a game.

"He can do a lot to build on it," Harbaugh said. "... Now he's been in game action. I think that helps a lot."

Michigan kicks off against Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor this Saturday.

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