Tate Forcier Transferring to Miami, Will be Strong Competition for Stephen Morris
After falling to third on the depth chart at Michigan behind superstar Denard Robinson and backup Devin Gardner, Tate Forcier decided to transfer schools. Forcier is an athletic speedster who was hyped as a potential savior for the Wolverines only two seasons ago. His play dropped off and he was replaced by Robinson (a concussion also factored into the change), and now he’s looking to move on.
It was announced on Wednesday that Forcier has decided to transfer to Miami, canceling visits to Arizona, Washington, Montana, and Kansas State. Miami has Jacory Harris returning for his senior season next year, and Stephen Morris who will be a sophomore.
Harris has been largely ineffective most of his career, and a big reason why Randy Shannon was fired in my opinion. If the new coaching staff is wise, they’ll choose Stephen Morris as the team’s starter. So if Morris has three seasons left, why would Forcier choose to transfer to Miami?
Initially I wondered if Forcier’s transfer to Miami indicated a lack of confidence by the new Hurricanes staff in Morris. Now I realize it was an issue of depth; the team only has two quarterbacks on the roster for next season and needs more talented players.
In 2012, Morris is the only quarterback scheduled to be around, and the Sun-Sentinel says Forcier plans to redshirt that season. If Morris becomes the team’s starter, then that means Forcier would only have one year to start — his senior season in 2014.
I ask you the question: do you think Tate transferred to Miami believing he’d only play one season? I know the Forcier’s aren’t the smartest bunch around, but I’m guessing Tate would pick a school where he’d have the best chance to play in his remaining two years of eligibility. If Al Golden and the new staff didn’t convince him he’d have an excellent opportunity to play, then he’s worse off than his Michigan transcripts suggest.