Saturday, September 5, 2009
Forcier-Robinson combination clicks for U-M
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Nick Sheridan likely will see the field at some point in this game, but Michigan appears to have found the right quarterback combination in Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson.
Forcier has taken the bulk of the work and tossed two touchdown passes, while Robinson is clearly the change-of-pace guy at this point. Robinson probably isn't ready to consistently lead drives, but he can be sprinkled in from time to time and change the game with his speed and shiftiness. He'll take on a bigger role in the offense as he becomes more accustomed to games.
Aside from carrying the ball too far from his body, Forcier has shown beyond-his-years poise so far. He's great on fakes -- I've lost track of the ball carrier several times already -- and usually spots the open man, as he did on a 7-yard touchdown toss to Greg Oden lookalike Kevin Koger. Both Forcier and Robinson give head coach Rich Rodriguez the chance to move the pocket, which is critical in the spread attack.