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Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:12 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 2:18 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the more remarkable aspects of Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier has been his family's reliance (and one might even say insistence) on using the Internet to document his (and his brothers') journey to college football and, perhaps, beyond. isn't exactly the world's slickest website, but it's been enough for the Forciers to show off recruitment letters as well as offer their opinions on quarterbacking and life. Their tone might be off-putting to some, but extraordinary self-confidence is just as important to a quarterback's play as any technique, so in a family full of quarterbacks, well, this'll happen.

At any rate, Tate Forcier's season at Michigan didn't exactly go smoothly; he was passed over by Denard Robinson for the starting role at the beginning of the season after several remarks by players questioning his toughness, and he wasn't always the first quarterback off the bench when Robinson would leave a game, much to Forcier's chagrin. Forcier eventually settled into a second-string role and was fine at it, but then he was declared academically ineligible before the Gator Bowl and didn't enroll for classes at Michigan in the spring semester. That, then, appeared to be that.

So despite last week's report that he still wanted to play at Michigan, Forcier announced today that he intended to transfer. But since this is the Forcier family we're talking about, he did it online. On Twitter, to be precise. An entire press release, tweeted sentence by sentence. We've condensed the series of tweets into paragraph form, but if readers are interested in experiencing the release the way Twitter readers did, they should read a sentence, wait two minutes, read another sentence, wait two more minutes, and repeat the process until finished and/or the boss gets angry. And yes, he tweeted the header too.

-Immediate Press/Sports Release: January 20, 2011- Robert “Tate” Forcier University Of Michigan Sophomore Quarterback

Why do we all wait until we are at our lowest point to seek God's help? I've been kicked, pushed, knocked down, publicly berated, belittled, emasculated and more. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to give up or feel the victim. The humility of it all is indescribable and that is exactly my point. I had to reach rock bottom in order to see the light, and for that, I am thankful. It was not until then, I realized that it was my lack of accountability and maturity and not to pass blame.

I do hope all my young fans forgive me and benefit from my lessons that I have learned. Be grateful for what you have and be humble for your successes. Don't wait to ask God into your life as he will help you see things clearer. In summary, I believe, I will become a better student and a person of stronger character from these experiences at Michigan.

I can proudly state, "I worked hard on the practice field, in the film room and at meetings," after all, football is my passion. I had fun celebrating with the fans. I even competed hard while injured as a true freshman through the last (8) games in 2009, but I always played the game giving it my all. I am proud to have been part of Michigan Football history and will always cherish the memory.

The last few weeks I worked extremely hard to catch back up. I really wanted to stay. I was not giving up on Michigan, but in the end, it was made clear they had given up on me. With that being said, its time for me to go. I promise the Michigan family and fans I will make you proud again.

Tate Forcier #5 - A Michigan Man Forever - Go Blue

For the record, the tweets were all typed impeccably and the only edits were the punctuation around the quotation marks and paragraph breaks. That seems like an odd thing to assert unless you read hundreds of athletes' tweets every day. Which we do.

More to the point, Forcier appears contrite and doesn't burn any bridges at Michigan. Sure, the "they have given up on me" line may not fly well, but being that Forcier didn't even enroll at Michigan for the second semester, new coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines essentially had no choice. It seems like all parties involved recognize that fact, though, so it would be erroneous to assume any discord being sown by this announcement. Forcier was just saying goodbye the only way he knows how: on the Internet.


Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:02 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Lol that website has got to be the BIGGEST example of self obsession i have ever seen. A backup at Stanford after being a backup at Michigan, a starter at Furman after being a bench warmer at UCLA, and a bench warmer who quit at Michigan. Definitely some accomplishments to be proud of. Why are they giving advice on the website? Their kids are nothing, that is embarrassing.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:31 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Yea, Robinson scared the daylights out of Mississppi State. I don't think either one is that good of a quarterback.

Is that why there were so many other schools immediately inquiring about Robinson when Hoke was hired? First QB in NCAA history to pass and run for 1500+ yards in a season. Imagine what he could have done if Michigan had a defense to back him up.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:21 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Yea, Robinson scared the daylights out of Mississppi State. I don't think either one is that good of a quarterback. They have their own set of skills, but not a top level signal-caller. Tate is better off somewhere else. He was dependent upon an injury or a blow out to more playing time and those are not good odds with a team that can't stop anybody.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:16 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

hey lovin msu you should be more worried about how hard your boys laid down in the bowl game against an ex-coach who pimped you. Youd think if Sparty was ever gonna take out Alabama it would be against Saban........BUT YOU DIDNT

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:13 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

I wonder how many of these UM fans who are yelling how "the whole family sucks at football" were cheering Tater Tot last year?  I bet most of them.  Don't forget, he was playing pretty well last year before the season imploded (like this year, different QB, same disaster).  I think it's unfair to berate him now when he was the same guy last year.  And don't say you didn't know what he was like.  You guys seem to know his whole family.  Ryan Mallett, anyone?

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:31 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

Yeah maybe Grant can start now instead of riding the pine at THE Ohio State University!

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:08 pm

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

He's actually pretty good.  Only a force of nature like Denard Robinson could have benched him.  Forcier was good, he just didn't cause sleepless nights for D Coordinators like Robinson does.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:31 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

I don't understand what the big deal is and these big programs these days.  I don't even like the fact that USC has recruited two of the top six QB's in this recruiting class.  Why do these schools love to take all these talented QB's who will probably never get the pleasure of starting.  Football is really becoming a very evil business of we will take him so no once else can then putting penalties on them so they can't play if they leave.

The kid just wants to play football sure is a drama queen, but jeez let the players leave if they see a better situation.  I feel the same about that Penn St player who was not allowed release.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2011 10:43 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

hes no loss for sure with the road brady hoke is on with recruiting rummors have it he just nab curtis grant linebacker who was intersted in ohio state!

Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 10:11 am

Tate Forcier announces transfer on Twitter

I can't help but remember all the comparisons between Forcier and Matt Barkley their freshman years, and how many sports "experts" declared Forcier the better man. 

I'll give Tate credit for admitting when he's made a mistake.  Too bad I can't say the same about the "experts."

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