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Michigan QBs to split snaps this spring

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

No one should have been alarmed when junior Nick Sheridan took the first snap of the spring for Michigan on Saturday.

Tate Forcier might be the player Wolverines head coach Rich Rodriguez had been waiting for at the quarterback position, but a true freshman isn't going to leapfrog a more experienced player on Day 1. Rodriguez intends to divide snaps evenly between Sheridan, Forcier and junior David Cone during the spring, and the coach seems to be in no rush to name a starter.

"I told the team last night there aren't going to be any starters determined this week or even by the end of spring," Rodriguez said before practice. "We have to wait until the end of fall camp to determine who our starters are going to be. I just hope we can find a couple guys at each position that we can feel comfortable enough to win with."

It doesn't mean Rodriguez can't end spring ball with a good idea of who he wants to start the season opener Sept. 5 against Western Michigan. And unless Sheridan or the little-used Cone got markedly better from last fall, Forcier has an excellent chance to create some distance before classmate Denard Robinson arrives this summer.

This should be a fun story to watch during the next few weeks, culminating with the spring game April 11 at the Big House.