With the transition process from a pro-style offense to Rich Rodriguez's spread offense still continuing, Michigan will see freshman and red-shirt freshman see significant playing time again this year. None more so than freshman quarterback Tate Forcier.
Forcier was first noticed at the Northern California Nike camp after his freshman season. Already, Forcier had developed better mechanics than any other quarterback at the camp and colleges took notice. Forcier followed that up with more good performances between his sophomore and junior year which resulted in more scholarship offers than any quarterback in the nation except one.
It only took one official visit to Ann Arbor and Forcier committed to the Maize & Blue.
Forcier is your prototypical dual-threat quarterback—able to make something happen when plays break down, but this was not what made Forcier a perfect fit for Michigan.
Mechanics—Michigan was in dire need of a QB who would fit Rich Rodriguez's system and Forcier met this requirement, but what was even better about Forcier was that he was one of the most if not the most college ready quarterback in the 2009 class.
Unlike many others Forcier won't need help developing mechanics as rivals.com called them "nearly flawless" after his performance at the Nike camp after his freshman year and they have only gotten better since then.
Accuracy—It's not usual that a dual-threat QB is listed as the most accurate in the class, but Forcier is just that. After throwing for 77% completions in his junior year and impressive show at camps, Forcier was ranked as the most accurate QB in his class.
Ability to throw on the run—Not something that is normally noted but is very visible on Forcier's highlight film. This goes hand-in-hand with his accuracy but Forcier has excellent ability, to while being chased down by defensive-linemen, find a receiver and hit him while on the run.
Size—This was one of the few things that worried scouts about Forcier. Forcier stands only around 6'0" and weighs around 185 pounds. In comparison, Chad Henne was 6'3" and over 210 pounds. Many wonder how Forcier will be able to throw over 6'4" and 6'5" college linemen or if Michigan will have to always have Forcier roll-out putting his body at great risk.
Forcier should see the most playing time of all freshmen and possibly start after a very impressive spring game. If he is as talented as he looked in high school, Michigan should enjoy a much improved 2009 season.