Hello, I'm a First time/ long time (if sports-talk radio lingo applies to the blogging realm). I was intrigued by the mention made in the "Barwis effect" entry and early main page recruiting articles of the comparison of Colt McCoy and Tate Forcier. Although the original comparison was simply about size and stature, I couldnt help but thinking that if Tate becomes the caliber player that Coly McCoy is, we will be in pretty good shape. Upon the first thought, they both have the "pretty boy" type look, first names that could be nothing other than big-time quarterback's names, impressive H.S. stats and athletic abilities that turn eyes. But after a decent look and more in depth analysis, the similarities are few and far between. McCoy was a 3 star recruit, sought after as a passer into a Texas offense with Vince Young that was comparable to the Penn State of recent years, what I consider to be a Pro style/ spread hybrid. Here's what he looked like out of High School.
Wt: 180 lbs
Forty: 4.72 secs
Bench reps: 12
Vertical: 29 inches
Shuttle: 4.85 secs
(courtesy of Rivals)
Now I highly doubt he grew 2 inches after high school, 'nuff said. He was redshirted as a true Freshman, then started as a RS Freshman pretty much by default (Vince Young left early and the other guy graduated.) Here are his first season numbers. Not bad at all.
Now an unnecessary review of Tate. (according to Rivals)
184 lbs Forty:
Now I can either look at this brief overview and say that Tate is faster, quicker and a more accurate passer (77% his junior year) compared to Colt McCoy, is going to be amazing, and will have incredible numbers and lead us to a 10-3 season and a bowl victory as Colt did his first season. Or we can separate the apples from the oranges and simple take it for what its worth, a note worthy comparison that only time will tell if it has any validity.