Three-point stance: Patience in Ann Arbor

August, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel

1. After Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez announced Sunday that he expects to use all three quarterbacks -- junior Nick Sheridan and true freshmen Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson -- against Western Michigan, he reminded Wolverine fans to take the long view. "I have an extreme lack of patience, too," Rodriguez said. How much the freshmen play, he said, will be determined in "really the first half of the season." In other words, those expecting a quick fix will be disappointed.

2. Ryan Perrilloux is consistent, give him that. The quarterback who behaved his way out of the starting job at LSU and off the team in 2008 has been suspended at FCS Jacksonville State for the opener in 2009. Coach Jack Crowe said Perrilloux broke a team rule to which everyone is subject and not to read too much into the suspension. Perrilloux has a load of talent and he gets along with teammates. But he has trouble coloring within the lines. Don't worry: some NFL team will give him the chance to get suspended there, too.

3. Observations from the new AP poll. Florida gets a record vote for No. 1, which means the Gators won't finish there. The Big Ten has three teams in the Top 25, same as the Pac-10 and the Mountain West. However, that's three more teams than the Big East. Nearly half of the FBS population (54 of 120) received at least one 25th-place vote. The biggest surprise? Colorado, a legit Big 12 North dark horse, got no votes, as in one fewer than Troy.

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