Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Michigan Football Tidbits: Going into Spring Football -- Quarterbacks

Posted at 8:00am -- 3/10/2010

Michigan Football Tidbits: Going into Spring Football -- Quarterbacks

It is the beginning of March and the football team will soon be into spring ball. Below is what we think of a few key players:

Of course, the GBMW staff will have a better, more complete idea in a couple of weeks, but this is where the opinion is riding heading into spring football, now one week away.

This series will now focus on the offensive side of the ball.

Tate Forcier:

Is Tate now healthy and how will he hold up? Keeping him healthy will be a primary objective of spring ball. Yes, indeed, football is being played, and yes, indeed, injuries happen. But smart is smart and prevention might be a must going into the season.

One thing we hope/believe the coaching staff is working with Tate on is holding on to the ball. He needs to really tuck the ball away when he is scrambling. At this level the defensive players are taught to tomahawk the ball out from the ball carrier and holding the ball like a loaf of bread does not help.

Another thing we would like to see some tweaking of his throwing motion. It appeared at times that Tate had some problems last year by not throwing from his shoulder, but maybe that had to do with his injury.

Denard Robinson:

With a year under his belt, will the game slow down enough for Denard to grasp the offense? We believe he will be given every opportunity to succeed at quarterback. But what possibilities loom on the horizon?

He has a strong arm and Denard does well in the short, quick passing game. He also does well on the run.

Just like last year, Denard’s best asset is his feet and we believe the coaching staff will try and get him to be more of a weapon, along with not being so one-dimensional, so that defenses cannot stack the box on Denard and dare him to throw the ball.

Devin Gardner:

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to red-shirt Devin and let him learn the system? Yes, it would, but we do not see the above scenario happening, especially since he came in early.

He is a very impressive looking quarterback, who has everything a program needs in a dual threat quarterback with his height, size, quickness and overall athletic ability.

For everyone it will be interesting to see how much of the offense Devin will be able to pick up and how patient the coaching staff will be with him.

The running backs are very young, but collectively are a talented group. We are going to sound like a broken record, but our main concern going into this spring is the same concern we had last year. Can this group stay healthy throughout the year into the season?

Written by GBMW Staff

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Agree, 1st concern is Tate staying healthy, being able to take a hit or fall; 2nd is Denard's ability to hold onto the ball, he had 4 INTs and at least 4 stripped balls/fumbles; 3rd is Gardner's learning curve to get the "system"

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