The New Face of Michigan Football

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IISeptember 15, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tate Forcier #5 celebrates with seconds left in the game against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)

Before college football season started, many fans were wondering what to expect from Michigan. After the worst season in school history in 2008, many fans were skeptical that Rich Rodriguez was the right fit in Ann Arbor.

I myself was a bit apprehensive of having the spread offense at Michigan. When I think of Michigan I think of smash mouth Pittsburgh Steeler style of football. I was afraid that would be lost with this style of offense. After last Saturday's classic with Notre Dame, I can see that there will still be plenty of hard hitting at Michigan.

My expectations before the season started was that I was just hoping Michigan would show improvement each week. I knew they had a true freshman quarterback in Tate Forcier and I just hoped he would progress during the season.

Well after two weeks, I say forget rebuilding and let's win a Big Ten Championship. This team looks back a lot faster than a lot of people including myself expected. The reason for that is Tate Forcier is much farther along than I expected him to be. He does not look like a true freshman at all.

I was impressed with the game winning drive he put together against an Irish defense that was pressuring him all day. What was really impressive about it was the fact that he threw a bad interception a little earlier. Most young quarterbacks would be shaken by that, but Forcier proved that he is as tough mentally as he is physically.

This kid has a rare combination running ability and arm strength. Denard Robinson was also highly recruited as a quarterback. The reality is that the Wolverines will have to have Robinson play another position because Forcier will be the face of the Wolverines for the next four years.