Sorry, Charlie: Tate Forcier Proves He's the Man for Michigan

Zac SnyderContributor ISeptember 13, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tate Forcier #5 of Michigan runs for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)

It's funny how things have a way of working themselves out.

The University of Michigan entered the 2009 season with plenty of questions. 

Who would play quarterback?  Is Rich Rodriguez the man for the job? Can the offense score any points?

The questions weren't without merit as the 2008 season was historically bad for the Wolverines.

This is not 2008.

In two short weeks, Tate Forcier has answered nearly every question by himself.

His performance against Western Michigan let Michigan fans breathe a sigh of relief. His performance against Notre Dame let Michigan fans know the future looks bright, and the future is here.

Forcier's play must have been great; even Matt Millen recognized that kind of talent.

Many questioned Rich Rodriguez's plan to play three quarterbacks in the season opener. Fears have quickly been put to rest as Tate Forcier has emerged as not just the starting quarterback, but a special quarterback.

The pecking order is now clear: Tate Forcier is the man, Denard Robinson will give the defense a different look a few times per game, and Nick Sheridan will be holding a clipboard.

Forcier's next challenge will be to deal with the pressures that will come with increased expectations and a top 25 ranking that should come this week. 

Odds are Tate will handle those hurdles with the same calm and cool demeanor that has propelled him into the national spotlight. Keep bringing the questions, and Tate Forcier will give you answers.

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