Release sent out by UM.
PARK RIDGE, Ill. – University of Michigan freshman quarterback Tate Forcier (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS) and sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Darryl Stonum (Stafford, Texas/Dulles HS) were named Big Ten Players of the Week by the conference office Sunday evening (Sept. 13) following the Wolverines’ 38-34 upset victory over No. 18 Notre Dame Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Forcier collected the offensive player of the week honor and Stonum received the special teams player of the week accolade.
Forcier tossed the game-winning five-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Greg Mathews (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater HS) with 11 seconds left in the game. Forcier completed 6-of-7 passes for 55 yards on the winning drive. He scored his first career rushing touchdown earlier in the four quarter, a 31-yard run on fourth down that gave U-M a 31-20 lead. Forcier finished with 310 yards of total offense against the Irish as he directed six scoring drives (five touchdown and one field goal drive). He completed 23-of-33 passes for 240 yards and two TDs and rushed 13 times for 70 yards and one score. He is second in the Big Ten and 21st nationally in pass efficiency (161.7 rating).
Stonum was a big factor both on special teams and offensively against the Irish. He returned a first quarter kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to give Michigan a 14-3 lead. It was only the third career kickoff return for Stonum, whose previous returns came on a 20-yard return in the opener against Western Michigan and a 24-yard return against Utah last year. He also batted down a Tate Forcier 50-yard punt at Notre Dame’s four-yard line and contributed on the team’s punt return unit. Offensively, Stonum was the team’s second-leading receiver with four catches for 54 yards against the Irish.
This is the first conference award for both players. Forcier and Stonum will lead the 25th-ranked Wolverines against Eastern Michigan Saturday (Sept. 19) at Michigan Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally by the Big Ten Network starting at noon EDT.