Michigan's Forcier to start if healthy
October, 12, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It's no surprise that Tate Forcier will remain Michigan's starting quarterback despite getting benched late in Saturday's 30-28 loss to Iowa.
But the circumstances surrounding the final few minutes of the game keep getting weirder.
So it turns out Forcier suffered a mild concussion after getting hit by Iowa's Adrian Clayborn on an incomplete pass early in the fourth quarter. But Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez didn't know about the concussion until after the game. Rodriguez's decision to play Denard Robinson at quarterback for Michigan's final two possessions didn't relate to Forcier's health.
“Tate's got a little concussion -- I didn't know that at the time -- he got it on the last play he was in,” Rodriguez said Monday. “He got hit pretty good. Those concussions are day to day, and I don't think it was a severe one.”
It's still odd that no one on Michigan's training staff informed Rodriguez of a possible injury to Forcier immediately after it happened. At the very least, Rodriguez could have cited Forcier's health as a reason for not playing him in the clutch, when the freshman has been at his best this season. It could have saved Rodriguez some criticism.
Forcier still has a headache Monday and will be limited in practice. He needs to be at or near full strength by Wednesday to play this week against Delaware State, though Rodriguez expects to him ready.
Rodriguez also expects senior running back Carlos Brown to return from a concussion that kept him home for the Iowa game. And cornerback Boubacar Cissoko is practicing with the scout team during his suspension. Rodriguez said Cissoko's suspension is related to academics and other reasons.
"Playing football is important to him," Rodriguez said. "And I think his academics are important. But to what level? It has to be at the right level."
Safety Troy Woolfolk started at cornerback against Iowa. Woolfolk and J.T. Floyd likely will share time this week.
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