Morning Links: Forcier Looking At Schools, Paea Hurt At Senior Bowl
Where Will Tate Forcier End Up?: Former Michigan quarterback, Tate Forcier is finalizing his transfer options, but his choices seem to be all over the place. He has a mix of Division I schools as well as a few I-AA choices. While most of Forcier’s Division I choices are second tier schools, (New Mexico, San Diego State, Middle Tennessee), he does have Miami and Washington on his list. He has about zero chance of ever starting at either one of those schools, and might not even be the third string quarterback at Miami. If Forcier goes to any Division I school he will have to redshirt for a year, making the I-AA options a bit more appealing. While a Montana might not be on the same level as a Michigan or a Miami, it basically is on the same level as a New Mexico or San Diego State. And if you can get a pretty solid guarantee at the starting job and you don’t have to sit out a year, that makes a lot of sense for Forcier. Regardless this has been a long road for Forcier, from Michigan’s starter two years ago to now almost an after thought. I would recommend that Forcier not sit out a year and rededicate himself to football. Forcier can’t afford to become irrelevant. And the best way to do that is to start next season.
Paea Suffers A Big Injury At The Senior Bowl: Defensive tackle Stephen Paea suffered a damaged lateral meniscus in his right knee during his first practice on Monday at the Senior Bowl. Paea will have surgery to repair the damage, but it could have serious implications for his draft stock. The recovery time for this type of surgery is at least 5 weeks, which means it is almost a given that he can’t workout at the Combine next month. And he also likely won’t be up to full strength for an individual workout as well. Paea is ranked as a 1st round defensive tackle right now, but could slide into the 2nd round or later depending on how he heals. Even if he is 100% for a workout in April, missing out on the Senior Bowl and Combine will be hard to overcome.