Freshman Tate Forcier Named Michigan Starting Quarterback

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Forcier and Robinson Off To Nice Starts Vs. Western Michigan

Both freshman quarterbacks started the season off with a bang in the Big House today.

Forcier threw a 28 yard touchdown pass on Michigan's first drive to Junior Hemingway. Meanwhile, Denard Robinson turned a broken play into a beautiful 43 yard rushing touchdown later in the quarter.

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Closer Look at All Three Michigan QBs (Yes, Even Sheridan)

SB Nation's Maize N' Brew has a full (and humorous) breakdown of RichRod's three signal callers. Here's the bit about Forcier:

 

Forcier is a solid, young QB. He throws an excellent deep ball. He's got great scrambling ability and actually possesses a "feel" for the pocket. He's a good improviser. He throws really well on the run (a staple of the Rodriguez system). He's a natural leader. Several TV commentators have said, he has "it" when they talk about his presence. A certain j'ne sais quoi, that makes him seem like the quarterback of the future at Michigan. Tate's been in the weight room all summer with Barwis. He's learned the playbook. He's been throwing and running just like what Rodriguez would want. He played every snap with the Spring #1 offense! With all this hype why isn't he the unquestioned starter?

 

Click the link above to find out the answer to that question. CLIFFHANGER! (Spoiler alert: Denard Robinson would be the obvious answer.)

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Freshman Tate Forcier Named Michigan Starting Quarterback

For weeks, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez has remained steadfast that he will play a three-quarterback monster, at least to start the season.  Naturally, only one of them would be able to take the first snap so it was expected that one of them would technically be the starter.  But by withholding who that one would be, Rodriguez maintained a sense of the unknown, something he could use to his advanage.

So much for that.

RichRod announced that freshman Tate Forcier will take the first snap against Western Michigan on Saturday during his radio show Thursday night.  That doesn't mean either junior Nick Sheridan or freshman Denard Robinson won't be in by the second offensive play of the game, just that Forcier will be the first one in.

If this was an attempt to give the local media something, anything to deflect attention away from the multiple scandals and off-the-field issues that have surfaced recently... bravo, sir.  Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be much there.

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