I wish nothing but the best for Tate at this point...we will always have ND '09!
Nice article on Tate's "fresh start" at SJSU
and Illinois '10. A lot of people credit that to Denard, and I don't know why. He started the game, but Tate was in for most of the second half. We won that game almost exclusively because of his crazy-ass throws. Kid went nuts. Literally. Half of those throws had me saying, "TATE NOOO DON'T, NOOOOO", only to see Junior Hemingway catch balls bouncing off of defenders, etc.
Hope he settles in and has a great rest of his career with SJSU.
wanting Tate to come into the game on Sat when Denard was a bit off? I would have loved to still have him. Too bad he failed out...
Yes. I miss the accurate short passing game when we need it.
And Illinois '10
for owning up. I hope he has his head right.
What kind of research do you do for fantasy football?
I really just draft the team and let it go. I think I've made one drop/add all season.
I needed a starter this week as my normal QB (Brady) is on a bye, and I wanted to see if Palmer was starting this week. Supposedly he is, so I figured, "What the hell."
And Illini '10.
Tate taking full ownership of the situation is terrific and, as the OP states, a sign of maturity. I hope it works out well for him at SJSU and beyond.
Thanks for sharing this.
What a coincidence that the guy who we all compared to Jeff Garcia ends up at...
...San Jose State.
I look forward to watching him play on CBC for the Calgary Stampeders.
he'll probably end up there and do great. Best of luck Tate.
Good to hear he's on the right track. He has legit QB skills and I'm sure he'll be successful at SJSU, as long as he has his head on right.
calls its teams the "Spartans." That name stings more this week than usual, but Tate will forevermore be my favorite Sparty.
Good luck, Tate!
And you can't have one without the other:
That chick is hot even if she is picking at the herp on her lip
She's the official icon for every Irish flub against the Wolverines. She got posted somewhere on these boards after UTL.
Tate...this ones for you!!! Good Luck!!! We will always remember the Comebacks you had at MICHIGAN!!!!
I could definitely see Tate putting up big-time numbers for SJSU next year. If he can put it all together, the kid has a ton of potential.
I know it's useless now, but how would he have looked in Borges' system? He still wouldn't be the starter, but given what they've done with Devin, I think he already would have made a big contribution.
I hope for his own sake Tate takes responsibility for his past actions and gets himself righted academically going forward.
What was the end story with Tate? RR was out, Brandon made the call, but what call did he make? Was Tate permanently off the team before Hoke was in, or was he academically ineligible for a semester before he could get his grades up?
He was academically ineligible. He actually failed out. He tried to go to Washtenaw to get his grades up but UM wasn't having any of it.
Is that a Michigan or Big Ten thing? I know the Big Ten doesn't really do JUCO players as a whole but I wonder about Tate's situation. Do you think it was DB specifically telling him he wasn't welcome back even if he did go to Washtenaw? Or just the school in general making problems difficult; I mean after all a lot of transfers from WCC to Michigan happen, bringing in CC students helps the image after all
Big Ten academic rules require players to be making annual progress toward their degree. Because Michigan doesn't always accept transfer credit from junior colleges, that might have been impossible for someone in Forcier's situation. He was in a situation where he needed credit recovery.
I got the impression that he burned a lot of bridges with the academic folks who had been trying to help him stay (and then get back on) track. I think after you've spurned eleventy million chances to correct your course, the University may not be amenable to a "hey, what about Washtenaw for a term or two?" Hail Mary.
I'm glad he's settled in at SJSU and hope his football career there is awesome.
I will always have good memories of Tate - he was so much better than Sheridan and Threet.
It is really a shame that Tate could not have gotten his head on straight sooner. He would have been a perfect fit for Borges's offense and it would have allowed us to play Denard as an rb/slot/widlcat QB.
I think he would have been a better fit in the current offense and allow Al to run more of what he wants to run. I hated to see him go.
You have to wonder if he hit some of the open receivers like Hopkins, or Hemmingway.
But he also wouldn't have made any of Denard's circus freak runs.
Hope he makes the best of his chances; still disappointed with how his tenure here ended.
Many of us hope you do well in all aspects of your life.
Good luck to him. No ill will towards Tate at all. He didn't bash the university on his way out even though it wasn't his call in the end (well, if he would have done what was expected of him, he would have been back).
It's too bad Tate was so immature while at Michigan. It would be nice to have a little more depth at the QB position this year and next. Sounds like he is figuring it out now which is good. I bet he is still a Wolverine at heart.
I'm embarrassed to admit how much growing up I had to do at his age. Heck, I really didn't start figuring things out until my late 20s. And most people I know don't even hold it against me.
These kids (and yes, they're kids, if you're not ready for the real world you're a kid no matter what the law says) are scrutinized even before they graduate high school. At that age I was playing video games and gawking at low-neckline T-shirts. Well, OK, I still play video games and gawk at low-neckline T-shirts, but not in ways that embarrass anyone but myself.
I haven't been on here long but people know me to be a pretty harsh judge. I hate hypocrisy and have little patience for selfishness. But gosh, who didn't do a crazy thing or two in college? It's not like he was beating up his girlfriend or shoplifting a small fortune.
Hope it works out for him. He's got plenty of talent; immaturity has been the only thing holding him back.
Loved watching him play....there was some golden potential there to have Tate and DRob in the same backfield. Hopefully this is for the best.
*Sigh* What could have been. He might have played some on Saturday. We may have even cooked up a special Mad Magicians play with him, Denard, and Devin all in the backfield.
Good luck, Tate.
I'd been meaning to change my profile pic for awhile. Maybe I'll keep it around for awhile longer. That was one helluva game.
Even though his off season training habits might have left a bit to be desired, Forcier gave it his all on the field. He left with his head up and didn't bitch about the staff on the way out. When it first became obvious that he was leaving, I hoped he'd find a smaller school where he can play competition that is a notch or two below what he faced at Michigan.
Now, he has a chance to put up some gaudy stats, have a great time, and build a resume for what is obviously going to be the family business when he graduates: training quarterbacks. Maybe we'll get to see a few SJSU games on ESPN once in awhile.
It is great to hear that he is getting off to a good start at SJSU, and I wish him the best.
Wish the kid and his family the very best. I loved all of his great comebacks and did want him to do well here, but he just never worked out. He seems to have matured a bit and realized his mistake so that's good to hear. I still loved when RR huged him and pulled him in, showed a little sign of the true Michigan family. Best of luck Tate, I hope you see this.
Hopefully he learns from his mistakes here and just moves on at San Jose State. He should be a good player there
Maybe it's a coincidence but I found it amusing that since your posting, this article is now on the Detrot Free Press site.
San Jose State? Wow, this kid really blew a great opportunity. Denard would have still beaten him out for the starting job, but the backup Michigan QB still gets a better education than the San Jose State starting QB. I hope this kid goes to class and completes his homework before he ends up at San Diego Community College
I wish Tate nothing but the best. The memory of the 2009 ND game is a great one.
As far as his comments about mistakes and growing up, I will reserve judgment, as we have heard this refrain before. For his sake, I hope he is serious this time.
Never let your boy near Marv Marinovich.Good Luck Tate!