Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
So... Forcier. I like him. I, along with many of my fellow MGoBloggers, was at the game Saturday. Tate was quite good.
Now then, don't start negging me yet, I'm asking this as a legitimate question. Yes, the second article lists Forcier first or second 3 out of 4 times so that's pretty nice*, and yes, the first article didn't say anything directly bad about them... but you still have to wonder about this.
Tate was groomed, as we all know, to be a QB. He had a personal QB coach, he was home schooled, his family is a family of QBs. Tate sort of went into the family business. We're all pretty aware of Forcier=accuracy.
But where do we (i.e. where does Tate) go from here?
I do think that Tate can get a little bit faster. And I do think that his arm is currently underrated (he can definitely throw further than 35 yards with accuracy). But he's not going to get much faster (Tate speed!=Denard speed) nor do I think he'll be able to throw a 90 bomb (Tate arm!=Peyton arm).
So, what's left is a little bit of speed, some arm, some better decision making (although he's already doing better than most), and a few pounds.
I'm not trying to complain, I think the kid did great and has ice in his veins. And maybe I'm still just pessimistic from last season and am looking for things to be "down" on. Do we even need Tate to improve that much more? I don't know.
I do think that we're not going to see the average jump from our QB from freshman to sophmore year. Yes, I think he'll get better. And yes, with a better, more experienced, hopefully stronger and faster (and maybe even heavier) O-line he'll be better protected. Yes, with more deep threat receivers and slot ninjas coming in Tate will have a better arsenal around him. But will Tate himself make a huge leap? I don't think so.
I mostly just mean this thread as a place to talk about Tate's potential upside. I'd be fairly satisfied with the Tate that we saw against ND for all 4 years. But, I don't know if that's quite good enough. I especially don't know if that'll be good enough to hold off Devin Gardner.
*I include the second article because I wonder if Tate would still be listed so high in a few years if all of those QBs develop as I expect them to develop. When they're seniors, who do you think most people would want, Barkley or Forcier?