|See you later, Tate. Or not.|
During Wednesday’s press conference to introduce new head coach Brady Hoke, athletic director David Brandon was asked about the status of Tate Forcier, Michigan’s starting quarterback in 2009 and backup in 2010. Brandon responded that Forcier is “no longer with the program.”
Some reports indicate that Forcier is no longer at Michigan due to flunking out during the fall semester. Mike Forcier, Tate’s father, stated that his son did not flunk out of school. Regardless, he was ineligible for the Gator Bowl against Mississippi State. Forcier is supposedly enrolled at a community college in the hopes of re-applying to the University of Michigan. If Forcier were to be reinstated to U of M for the fall semester, he would not lose a year of eligibility, as far as I know; he would be a true junior for the 2011 season.
Forcier is a 4-star recruit from San Diego who enrolled early in January 2009 to take the position vacated by Steve Threet (transferred to Arizona State) and Nick Sheridan (relegated to the bench). He immediately seized the starting position and held onto it for his entire season freshman. The team went 5-7 and Forcier finished 165-for-281 (58.7%) for 2050 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Some reported immaturity and the meteoric rise of classmate Denard Robinson sent Forcier to the sideline for the majority of 2010. He originally responded poorly to the benching, entertaining thoughts of a transfer when true freshman Devin Gardner overtook the sophomore Forcier for second place on the depth chart during the 2010 opener against Connecticut. However, Forcier’s third-place spot on the depth chart turned out to be maturity based rather than performance-based, and he eventually overtook Gardner. Forcier saw spot duty in several games, but really showed out when Robinson was injured against Illinois. Forcier finished out the second half of the 67-65, triple-overtime victory. He ended the season 54-for-84 (64.3%) for 597 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
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