The QB triumvirate
With less than two weeks to go before the 2009 season kicks off, Coach Rodriguez has yet to settle on a starting QB. Currently it remains a three-way race between Nick Sheridan (Sr./Jr. who started 4 games last season) and two true freshmen, Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. In fact, it is possible that each of these quarterbacks may start at some point during the season. Only twice in the past thirty years have the Wolverines had three different quarterbacks start games in the same season. In 1979, John Wangler (4 starts), B.J. Dickey (7) and Rich Hewlett (1 vs. OSU) all started contests. In 1984, Jim Harbaugh (5), Chris Zurbrugg (5) and Russ Rein (2) each started games under center for Michigan. Maybe not coincidentally, 1979 (8-4) and 1984 (6-6) were Bo's two worst seasons of his 21-year tenure at Michigan. In light of the Wolverines' history with rotating three quarterbacks, Michigan may be better off if Coach Rod can narrow down the choices to a maximum of two potential starters (i.e., Forcier and/or Robinson). Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of Tate Forcier (5), Nick Sheridan (8) and Denard Robinson (16) from 2009 Media Day by Lon Horwedel/AnnArbor.com.