09 July 2009

What is the Current Quarterback Situation at Michigan?

Questions continue to swirl regarding the qb position for Michigan this year. It's pretty much set in stone that the signal caller for the Wolverines this year will be a true freshman, but the question is, which one? Incoming Californian Tate Forcier has been practicing with the wolverines all spring and seems to be the likely choice. Coach Briggs has been raving about Forcier so far. "Sure Tate has a long way to go until he's where we need him to be, but he's been progressing very nicely. He's got the right combination of passing and rushing ability that I need to run my offense to its fullest potential."

But what about the other incoming freshman quarterback, the Floridian Denard Robinson? This kid is lightning fast; so much so that many feel that he may be better suited to play corner or perhaps wide out for the Wolverines. When asked about this, coach Briggs had this to say: "Coach Rodriguez told Denard that he had a shot to play qb for the Wolverines and I will give him every opportunity to fight for the job. He has some disadvantages coming in (namely that Forcier has been working with the first team offense all spring while Denard finished up his high school classes), but this kid is a fighter and a great leader and I know he'll give us his all. His arm isn't as lively as I would like, but his wheels certainly are. Tate is a serious threat to take off at any moment, and could get us some great rushing yards, but with Denard's speed, he will be scary as hell for opposing defenses. He would have an awful lot of linebackers reading his name on the back of his jersey."

"Denard has tremendous upside. He can do so many things for us. He will give Forcier a real run for his money for the starting quarterback job and it's definitely too early to tell who'll win that battle. On top of that, Robinson has the speed and skills to play some corner for us if we needed. Robinson hasn't been practicing long with us so I haven't seen him in person much, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot that he can't do."

So, it looks like we'll have to wait until the first snap of the season to see who'll be the main guy for the Wolverines this year, but no matter who wins the job, it should be safe to say that Michigan's offense will be much more dynamic and exciting this year.

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