Thursday, September 3, 2009

Here's to the New Freshmen Quarterbacks

Michigan Quarterback Rick Leach as a freshman in 1975

A new era of Michigan quarterbacks begins on Saturday versus Western Michigan.
Many fans and pundits deeply disparage the spread option offense and the quarterbacks that operate it because like the Wishbone, the Veer and the Option I offenses before it, the spread option is considered by some to be just not as good, not as prolific, and considerably more "boring" than the more refined and exciting pro-set, West Coast, NFL offenses that have featured the tall drop back quarterbacks like Elvis Grbac, Todd Collins and Tom Brady.

With the two freshman quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, Michigan is going to finally be able to open up the entire Rich Rodriguez's playbook on Saturday. Both of these youngsters are going to make some big mistakes. No question. But I'm convinced that they are also going to give Michigan fans plenty to smile about this fall as well.

College football is certainly a game of great emotion. It's also very much a team sport. No one player can do it all themselves. Tate and Denard will not only have 10 other guys sharing and carrying the load on every play. They'll also have 105,000+ Wolverine fans cheering them on. Though California and Florida are hundreds of miles away, they'll both be playing at home. In their Big House.

Best of luck to Tate and Denard in their first game in the Maize and Blue this coming Saturday versus Western Michigan!


Tate Forcier, QB, Scripps Ranch High School, Scripps Ranch, CA:

Denard Robinson, Deerfield Beach High School, Deerfield Beach, FL:

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