College Football Analysis: Tate Forcier Transfers from Michigan

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Tate Forcier’s time in Ann Arbor has come to close. Yesterday Forcier announced via a series of tweets that he would be transferring from the University of Michigan. Forcier indicated that he wanted to stay at Michigan, but felt unwanted by the new coaching staff and decided to transfer. He will be the third Forcier quarterback to transfer schools, following in the footsteps of both his older brothers.

Forcier's oldest brother, Jason, redshirted in 2005, and was the backup quarterback behind Chad Henne in 2006 at Michigan before transferring in May 2007 to play for Stanford during the 2008 season. Jason, a graduate student at the time of his youngest brother's Michigan enrollment, was Tate's first year roommate. Tate's other brother, Chris, transferred from UCLA to Furman Universityin 2009 after Rick Neuheisel took over as head coach at UCLA and recruited Kevin Craft to be his starting quarterback. Chris had run the UCLA scout team as a redshirt, but lost the starting quarterback battle.

Forcier had an up and down career in Ann Arbor. After starting every game his freshman year and leading a come from behind victory against Notre Dame, he lost the starting job to Denard Robinson in his sophomore year. Robinson went on to be the Big Ten offensive player of the year, and Forcier was relegated to the backup role. Forcier completed 64.3% of his passes this year with four touchdowns and four interceptions, often coming in for an injured Robinson. Forcier was academically ineligible for the Gator Bowl due to incompletes in a few of his classes.

The loss of Forcier as a quality backup leaves the Michigan Wolverines with only two quarterbacks on the roster and looking to recruit a quarterback to run the offense of the future. Unfortunately for Michigan, since it is so late in the recruiting season there are very few uncommitted prospects remaining. Forcier is rumored to be headed either to Montana or back to his hometown school San Diego State.

Dr. David Silver uses his skills as a practicing optometrist to see things clearly as it pertains to the world of football. A University of Michigan graduate, David can be found rooting for the Big Blue on Saturdays and the Dolphins on Sundays. You may email Dr. Silver directly @

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