Monday, August 16, 2010

Countdown to Kickoff: Where's Tate?

If the various camp reports and Troy Woolfolk's incendiary comments about Tate Forcier weren't enough to convince you that Denard Robinson will be Michigan's starting QB on September 4th, maybe Tate's complete absence from recent Countdown to Kickoff videos will be the straw that breaks the camels back. There were lingering comments the past week or two that Forcier has been dinged up and missing a lot of practice (when the Big Ten Network was around, they mentioned a few times through Tweets that Tate was sitting out parts of practice due to injury). And in today's video, not only do you not see Tate once--not in the background, taking snaps, or anywhere else--but Devin Gardener is running with the twos (though this could also be because Tate is injured and they're trying to get Gardener more experience).

Regardless of the reasoning, I still don't see any way that Robinson doesn't take the first snap on September 4th. Other personnel bits I've gleaned from the Countdown to Kickoff videos:
  • Mark Moundros has been running with the ones a lot in practice. His presence on the starting defense is really beginning to worry me. Then again Obi Ezeh has always worried me.
  • Vincent Smith appears to be running with the twos and Fitzgerald Toussaint appears to be taking a lot of snaps with the starting offense.
Other than that, I don't want to venture any guesses. These are observations from random practice videos and that can offer a bare minimum of actual information.


Dave said...

LET'S GET DENARDED IN HERE! I will forever associate the song with Denard Robinson.

ChicagoWolverine said...

you can see Tate in a Red Jersey (blue helmet) at 30 seconds.

Anonymous said...

Just re-iterating what ChicagoWolverine said. I'm almost 100% sure that's Tate in a red jersey.

This means that Tate is no-contact, right?

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