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Michigan's Tate Forcier: 'It Was Close; I Almost Left'

The 2010 season was a roller coaster for Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier. He was supplanted as the starter by Denard Robinson, and after the Wolverines' opener versus Connecticut, looked more like a possibility to transfer than win his job back.

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In an interview with the Detroit Free Press' Mark Snyder, Forcier confirmed that he was definitely thinking about leaving when it didn't look good for him early in the season.

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I saw everybody ripping me apart for having the towel over my head, this and that. It wasn't even like that. I was freezing in that game. But perception drives reality, and people saw me with the towel, so they thought ... it looks like he's pissed. But I was just freezing. That's when all the media started saying this and that about me. It was crazy. I sat down with my dad, and it was close. I almost left.

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But Forcier eventually accepted his role and made some key contributions down the stretch for the Michigan offense whenever Robinson got hurt or more consistent passing was necessary. He acknowledges, however, that Robinson is the best fit for Rich Rodriguez's spread option offense.

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"I don't think coach (Rich Rodriguez) will ever open it up again, but I think he'll be more open to playing both of us. I showed enough this year. I don't think I could name one game that (Denard Robinson) stayed in the whole game. I think that showed enough to play in this (system), you're going to need two quarterbacks. It showed my freshman year."

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Snyder and Forcier had a long chat, so there is plenty more to read at Freep.com. Other topics discussed include Forcier's freshman immaturity, Rodriguez's job status and the "Michigan man" theme, and why he skipped summer workouts.

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