Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Is Tate Forcier the right fit for Miami?
By Heather Dinich
Miami got what it needed most -- a quarterback.
Whether or not it got the right quarterback, remains a question.
How will Tate Forcier do in Jedd Fisch's pro-style offense?
Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier will transfer to Miami and be eligible to play in 2012, but he might not be best suited for the pro-style offense first-year coordinator Jedd Fisch wants to run, or, equally as important, the South Florida lifestyle. There are plenty of distractions in and around Miami, and so far in his career, Forcier hasn’t exactly excelled at ignoring them and concentrating on football and academics. His work ethic has been questioned by his own former teammates. He was academically ineligible to play in the Gator Bowl, but Forcier seems as if he has accepted responsibility for his shortcomings in the past.
As a freshman in 2009, he started all 12 games and completed 165 of 281 passes for 2,050 yards and 13 touchdowns. This past season, Forcier appeared in eight games as a backup and completed 54 of 84 passes for 597 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
The addition of Forcier will undoubtedly help the depth at the position, since Miami went through signing day without adding a quarterback. In order for him to actually help the offense, though, Forcier will need to put in the work, both on and off the field.