Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hey Kid, Do you Want to be Michigan's QB?

Last year, Michigan had a redshirt freshman 4 star pro style QB, a local walk-on QB, and David Cone who had been a back up most of his life at Michigan for good reason. The walk on and the 4 star QB split time most of the year which resulted in a 3-9 record.

So fast forward to April 2009: The 4 star QB has transferred due to competition, Michigan has two high profile freshman available for the 2009 season with one enrolling early so he could play in the Spring Game, the walk-on is still here but broke his leg during spring practice. We also can't forget, Michigan has gotten a verbal commit from one of the top dual threat QB's for the 2010 season as well.

As reported here on Monday, Jason Forcier a former Wolverine and Stanford QB, will be enrolling in graduate school this fall in Ann Arbor. Could he be available to play in 2009? The NCAA recently rescinded the rule that if you have graduated from your current school you can play at a different school without sitting out a year (see Ryan Mundy at WVU or that guy from Utah that played CB at Florida). So most likely 2010 if it works out.

There have been others that have been interested in the role of QB at Michigan recently, including former Miami Hurricane QB Robert Marve, but he decided that there were too many options in Ann Arbor for the 2010 season already. Even walk on (former President :-)) Jack Kennedy took some snaps at QB during the Spring Game. Now maybe comes the most shocking news: DUKE's Point Guard, Greg Paulus is interested in playing QB for Michigan and Michigan might be interested in him.

Your first reaction, might be what? I know Rich Rod's spread is like a basketball fast break, but this is ridiculous right?

Well, maybe or maybe not. It seems Greg could play right away and he does have a pretty nice football background. He was the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a standout quarterback at Christian Brothers Academy in New York where he threw for 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns in 45 career games. In fact, Fox is reporting that he has already had a try out for the Green Bay Packers and about half a dozen NFL teams have contacted him.

It was also reported that Greg was in Ann Arbor on Tuesday to watch Michigan's final Spring Practice and to talk to RR about the possibility of joining the team.

I would have loved the idea last year, but don't like it at all this year. Sure the kid might have talent, but he would be coming in cold and hasn't really touched a football in 3 years (does anyone remember how that worked out for Drew Henson after he gave up baseball?). Sure it would give Michigan depth this year, but how does Greg coming in give Michigan any better chance then having Tate Forcier playing? The answer is none. The future of the position is in the hands of guys named Tate, Denard, and Devin.

The idea is interesting but not very practical.

  • As expected, reports are that Brandon Smith has moved to LB from Safety due to size and lack of coverage skills.

  • Rivals did unofficial stat's for the spring game: Tate Forcier: 11-13, 141 yards, 4 TD's, Carlos Brown 10 carries for 146 yards and 1 touchdown, Roy Roundtree 3 receptions for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns.

  • Ryan Van Bergen Spring Game knee injury is not believed to be serious and he shouldn't need any surgery.

  • Braylon Edwards might join Mario Manningham as a WR on the Giants. Memo to the Giants: David Terrell is available.

  • Some quotes from Recuits from the Spring Game: "It was very exciting being in the Big House and seeing a large crowd for the spring game," Miami Northwestern offensive tackle Torrian Wilson said. "There was over 60,000, so I can't imagine how it is for a real game.” ---"I love the Michigan fans and I love the support they give their players," Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven defensive end Derrick Bryant remarked. “I was thinking some college stadiums don't have that many people that come for a regular game and they had that many people for a scrimmage.” --- “It was definitely a great environment to see all the people there supporting Michigan,” added Livonia Stevenson running back Austin White.

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