A Wilton Speight finally had his moment Saturday in the season opener against Hawaii.
Michigan's first play from scrimmage with the shadow casting junior quarterback taking his first snap as a starter for the Wolverines. Unfortunately for Speight, it didn't exactly go as planned as he delivered the football late to senior tight end Jake Butt for an interception.
"The ball should've never been thrown at that point in time," Fisch said Wednesday. "But other than that, made all the right decisions, threw some beautiful balls, hit different guys, I think 11 different receivers. Played smart, played good and that's a tough deal. Your first throw is an interception and then the next time you throw it you're on the seven yard line. He did a good job."
After laughing off the mistake with his head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline, Speight would go on to finish the game 10-of-12 for 145-yards and three touchdowns as Michigan routed Hawaii 63-3. A situation Speight could've easily lost confidence in, ultimately turned into an early defining moment in a game seemingly over prior to kickoff.
Instead of chastising and lambasting Speight for the error, Fisch focused on building his guy up.
"The school I was from is you coach them as hard as you want Sunday through Friday and then on Saturday you've got to be their advocate," Fisch said. "They're the only ones that are really going through the war on that game day situation. To second guess and question things on game day and be overly critical on game day, I don't see where the value is."
Once again not naming a starter until game time for a second season in a row, Fisch explained the process of putting Speight in that starting role.
"It went down to the end and the way I described it to the quarterbacks was Wilton kind of had the pole position after the spring," Fisch said. "He kind of had a little bit of an edge. The race started, the green flag was waved and people were trying to pass people but he never got passed."