Tate Forcier, Vincent Smith, Teric Jones among Michigan football camp's early head-turners.
Quarterback Tate Forcier isn’t the only true freshman who’ll see playing time for the University of Michigan football team this fall.
Coach Rich Rodriguez said Friday as many as 10 first-year players could be in the two-deep when the Wolverines open the season Sept. 5 against Western Michigan.
“Which is probably more than you’d really like,” Rodriguez said. “I think two or three years down the road maybe it won’t be as many. But last year, this year, next year we’ll probably play quite a few.”
"It’s weird," Molk said. "I never see the kid crumble. Once in a while you’ll see a quarterback and they’ll start to get kind of shaky, but he’s pretty solid."
Beyond Forcier, Rodriguez mentioned safety Vladimir Emilien and defensive tackle William Campbell as potential contributors Friday. He also singled out running back Vincent Smith for having an impressive first few practices, and said one of two outside receivers, Je’Ron Stokes or Cam Gordon, could play early.
“He used to be a slot receiver and he’s picked up everything pretty well thus far,” Brown said. “He’s physical, so that’s pretty good for just two days before camp he told me he was playing corner. So he’s come a long way in a very short time.”
Dave Birkett covers the University of Michigan football team for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org