Forcier not worried about Paulus hubbub

April, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

If former Duke basketball player Greg Paulus somehow ends up in a Michigan football uniform next fall -- I can't believe I just typed that -- he likely won't be coming there to hold a clipboard.

The former high school All-American quarterback wants to pursue a pro career in football, and he contacted Michigan because, well, the Wolverines' quarterback situation is far from settled. But Michigan did spend all spring developing one of its quarterbacks, true freshman Tate Forcier, who doesn't seem concerned about the possibility of Paulus coming to Ann Arbor.

Forcier's older brother Jason, a former Michigan quarterback who transferred to Stanford, spoke with Tate on Tuesday about the surprise visitor at Wolverines practice.

"He mentioned Greg Paulus being at the practice and thought it was pretty funny," Jason Forcier wrote in an e-mail to ESPN.com. "Tate is not worried about it all. Colt McCoy can be transferring into Michigan and it wouldn't faze Tate one bit. He is one of the most competitive kids I know."

There's certainly more to this Paulus story, and who knows, perhaps he could help Michigan. But after Rich Rodriguez and Rod Smith spent all spring developing Forcier and seemingly got decent results from the early enrollee, this just seems like it would be a very strange move.

I guess it can't hurt, but do you really want this guy? Is the situation so dire? I don't think it is.

Forcier and fellow freshman Denard Robinson will make mistakes, but they also have plenty of potential and familiarity with the offense. Rodriguez makes his millions for developing quarterbacks. So develop Forcier, Robinson and Nick Sheridan. Win with those guys, not a one-year mercenary looking to reignite a pro football career.

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