Forcier provides spark Michigan needs

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With all due respect to Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan, they can't replicate what Tate Forcier just did on Michigan's first drive of the 2009 season.

The quarterback position means everything in Rich Rodriguez's offense, and mobility at that position is a requirement. Forcier showed quick feet and quicker decision-making skills on a 28-yard touchdown strike to Junior Hemingway. The true freshman picked up the rush, found some open space where he could run for a while and then spotted Hemingway streaking behind the defense.

It was excellent recognition from the freshman, who went 3-for-3 on the drive and had a nifty scramble for a first down on third-and-2.

The change of pace in the offense is obvious early on.