Who Will Start In 2010, Tate Forcier or Denard Robinson?

Sam Tastad@@samtastadCorrespondent IIIAugust 18, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 24:  Tate Forcier #5 of the Michigan Wolverines carries the ball during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 24, 2009 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by  Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The 2010 college football season is coming up very quickly, and the Michigan Wolverines have a very important decision before they play their first game versus Connecticut.

The question is, who will be the starting quarterback, Tate Forcier or Denard Robinson?

That is the decison that head coach Rich Rodriguez will have to decide and it could make or break his career as the Michigan head coach.

So here is a look at both Forcier and Robinson, and why each should be starting quarterback for the Wolverines in 2010.

Tate Forcier

Forcier started all 12 games last season, including going 4-0 to start the year and leading Michigan to a great comeback win over Notre Dame. He got Michigan ranked in the top 25 early, but they it went downhill from there.

He showed great poise and leadership through those first four games, and brought optimism back to Michigan. However, when they went into Iowa City to face the Hawkeyes, he played the whole game, except up until when there was 90 seconds left and Rodriguez put Robinson in.

They were only up by two points and that probably led to discouragement and frustration for Forcier.

Forcier played well on offense all year, passing for 2,050 yards, throwing for 13 touchdowns and rushing for three. His completion percentage was a low, 58.7. Forcier threw ten interceptions and was sacked 25 times.

There were times when he didn't receive much protection, but he also had a problem with ball security, as seen in the Ohio State game. He was a mobile quarterback, and could move around the pocket when he needed to. He played well in the second half, and his offense put up points but the defense would give up alot of points, too.

That is one reason why he wasn't as succeessful in the second part of the season.

In the spring game, Forcier played against the first team defense and was pretty accurate. He threw the ball all right, and when he scrambled with the ball, he held the ball easy for defenders to get at.

Denard Robinson

This offseason has been a good one for Robinson, as he is gaining confidence and respect from Coach Rodriguez and his teammates. Forcier has been told he has a bad attitude and isn't consistent in his workouts with his team. Just ask senior cornerback Troy Woolfolk, who said Forcier wasn't a regular participant at team voluntary, offseason workouts.

Woolfolk also said Robinson is more consistent and is out there regardless if he is hurting. Because Woolfolk said that it has allowed Robinson to jump ahead of Forcier.

Robinson also looked impressive in the spring game, and looked like a contender for starting job. His accuracy and throwing mechanics impressed many. He also is mobile, and has speed that he showed several times last season.

He played with first team offense but against the second team defense.

There was a report on both quarterbacks and in the next few weeks it will be interesting to see who pulls ahead, and who Rodriguez will name the starting quarterback.

One thing to remember about both quarterbacks is this: For Forcier, remember when he starts off well in a game, he doesn't cool off, and has great moves.

He can juke, is agile, is a good scrambler, but needs to work on a few things too, like his throwing ability.

Robinson could also be a good quarterback. He is speedy, shown flashes of greatness, but could too work on his throwing ability.

So stay tuned and keep an eye on this intense battle for the starting quarterback position.