Tate Forcier got off to a fast start as a Freshman, reeling off four wins in a row and then going to OT in East Lansing, in large part because he had been an early enrollee. I think it is a very big deal if you are a QB, to early enroll. That's a lot of practice time, including the spring game.
I can't recall what happened with Chad Henne. Was he an e.e.?
Going way back, I remember what a shock it was, when the decision was made to start Rick Leach. The guy he replaced, Mark Elzinga, was a very good upper classman. It was a big surprise, for a guy who had only been on campus for a few weeks.