Friday, April 10, 2009

The Night Before the Tate Forcier Era: The Michigan Pre-Spring Game Report

So it's Friday night and just hours before Wolverine fans get a sneak peek at what the future of the quarterback position looks for Michigan. Since Nick Sheridan is out with a broken leg look for Tate and David Cone to get a number of snaps. Michigan doesn't have enough healthy players to do an official White vs Blue game but we should be able to get a some quality looks at Tate's mobility, arm strength, and accuracy. We won't see a ton of new plays becuase Tate has only a dozen of so practices under his belt, but we hope to see imporved QB play over last year.

Other important topics to watch for:
  • Who is playing safety and are they effective at all?
  • Stevie Brown at the hybrid LB role

  • Big Will Campbell: can he get off blocks and be a real difference maker as a freshman?

  • Is the offensive line better then last year, can they stop the 4 snaps Brandon Graham will see?

  • Vincent Smith has been lighting up the highlight videos from spring practice, can he be effective against Michigan's #1 defense?

  • Any defensive improvements via Greg Robinson; like better tackling

  • For those fans that are attending (BTW it's free), make sure you show some love to the number of 2010 recruits attending.

Other Michigan news and notes:

  • Ohio DB Latwan Anderson, who Michigan has been recruiting has decided to transfer high schools and will be attending the OSU feeder school Glenville High whose head coach is Ted Ginn Sr.. At this point, Latwan doesn't have an OSU offer but Michigan hasn't had much luck recruiting kids out of Glenville lately.

  • On a scale to 1-10. RR rates last years offense a 2 but; Rodriguez is being optimistic — or maybe he's dreaming — when he says he hopes his offense will rate a 7 out of 10. I'd have taken it hard if we'd lost four or five games," he said. "Our great fans, they're not used to that. Neither am I. But it wasn't a total washout. We put the foundation in that will help us for the future.

  • John Beilein gets his first 2010 commitment from Evan Smotrycz, a 6-9 power forward from New Hampshire.

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