February 09, 2011
Miami failed to land a quarterback in last week's signing class, whiffing on top local targets Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) and Jacoby Brissett (Florida). But that didn't stop new head coach Al Golden from Forciering the issue with the nation's most high-profile QB transfer, former Michigan starter Tate Forcier, who cut short his week-long Tour du Forcier of potential schools after a single stop to officially sign with the Hurricanes this afternoon.
• "Miami's new quarterback is a Forcier to Be Reckoned With."
• "'Canes climb aboard Air Forcier." (Alternate: "Air Forcier One," "Air Forcier [Insert Jersey Number]")
• "Starting job may be taken by brute Forcier, if necessary."
• "Desperate 'Canes may resort to Forcier."
• "Miami offense counting on a Forcier of One." And of course...
• "Hurricane Forcier wins."
Et cetera. They'll have a year to polish those gems, because Forcier is ineligible to enter the pending two-man derby between rising sophomore Stephen Morris and senior-to-be Jacory Harris while he serves the requisite one-year transfer penalty on the bench. If Morris emerges as the starter this fall, Forcier's chances of unseating him won't be much better than they were of reclaiming his position from breaker star Denard Robinson (or the new apparent, hyped redshirt freshman Devin Gardner) back in Ann Arbor.
If Harris holds on to the top spot as a senior, Forcier and Morris will likely enter the competition in 2012 on relatively equal footing, each with a season under Golden and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and two more years of eligibility to burn. But I'd stake my Pulitzer* that Forcier winds up spending most of his last two years looking on from the sideline, anyway, or else takes one last crack at the Montana gig in 2013.