Monday, January 12, 2009

Tate Forcier - Rodriguez puts all his faith in young QB from San Diego

Rich Rodriguez hopes freshman quarterback Tate Forcier is the real deal...if not, Rich Rod's days in Ann Arbor may be numbered...

Tate Forcier, QB, 6'1"/184
San Diego, California/Scripps Ranch High
- Graduated in December, already enrolled at Michigan
- Runs the 40 in 4.55
- Listed as the 6th best dual threat QB by Rivals
- Ranked 143 of the ESPN Top 150

As of January 10, 2009, ESPN had this report on Forcier:
In stature, arm strength and production, Forcier looks like a West Coast version of 2009 classmate Blaine Dalton. Forcier lacks ideal height, but he makes a ton of plays with both his arm and feet. He has excellent speed for the position, but he's really a passer who happens to be athletic enough to run a spread or read-option attack with ease.

Has a style similar to that of Jeff Garcia, another riverboat gambler who finds ways to get the job done. Has good mobility within the pocket, and pulls the occasional rabbit out of his hat when a play breaks down. Can sidestep the rush and has a very quick release. He isn't afraid to take off on the run. Can create second chances with his feet and pick up a first down. Often breaks containment, and can throw on the run to either side with very good accuracy. He's a timing passer who likes to get the ball out of his hand quickly.

His size limits his vision if he isn't on time with his reads, leading to some unnecessary scrambles. Has had to play out of the shotgun often in order to see the entire field. Has ideal skills for his team's offense--excellent pre-snap reads, a quick release and great accuracy. Has ade
quate zip and arm strength for the scheme, but he's more of a timing passer than a gunner. Show a tough side and scrappiness when working to make things happen. Forcier needs to find the right scheme to make the most of his abilities, but he shows outstanding intangibles, anticipation and savvy in the passing game. He's an excellent prospect who finds ways to overcome his size deficiencies.

Check out this 2:22 clip of Forcier:

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