Michigan passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Jedd Fisch was asked whether the quarterback battle will possibly extend into the season.
The look on his face said it all. Having the quarterback position undecided headed into the season is probably the worst case scenario for a coaching staff that prides themselves on being prepared. However, the unknowns always exist, even if Fisch would prefer to have things go his way.
"I guess there's always a chance but I don't know that, I don't know what it's going to look like," Fisch said. "I would be surprised if it looked like that, that it would go into the season. You'd like to have a starting quarterback before then but, again, we don't know. We'll talk about it and we'll talk what the best way is to name a starting quarterback, when is the best time to name a starting quarterback. Again, what are we going to do with that?"
The quarterback competition is coming down to the better performer between John O'Korn and Wilton Speight. That has been known for months. The coaching staff will have to try and figure out which one is better suited for the offense while both are able to offer different things.
According to Fisch, O'Korn's previous experience at Houston obviously stands out.
"He's experienced, so he's played," Fisch said. "When he breaks out of the huddle, when he runs the offense, he knows what he's doing. He's done it before, he's done it in games, he's done it in environments and he does everything right off the field. He's somebody that he wants to lead, he wants to be the guy, he wants to find a way to take this team and run with it. I think you could see that everyday you're around him."
Speight, who also saw some valuable season a year ago, is working hard to earn the job. Being injured last spring, it put him a little behind heading into last year's camp. However, it didn't stop him from earning the backup quarterback role last season.
"Wilton is somebody that has really matured over a year," Fisch said. "I think that going into last year's camp, he is a much different person going into this year's camp. He's mature, he's taken on a lot of responsibility the obvious game against Minnesota gave him a ton of confidence. He's just excited about it, excited about the fact that it's not going to be the only touchdown he throws for Michigan. I think that's his mindset, that's not going to be my last touchdown."
The battle will be tough and the battle will be fierce. If one thing is certain, whomever is named the starter has earned the distinction.