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Tate Forcier
An American football player in a blue and yellow uniform preparing to throw a football.
Forcier warming up prior to a game against Delaware State
Michigan WolverinesNo. 5
Quarterback Freshman
Date of birth: August 7, 1990 (1990-08-07) (age 19)
Place of birth: San Diego, California
Height: 6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m) Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career history
High school: Charter School of San Diego/Scripps Ranch High School,
San Diego, California
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Robert Patrick "Tate" Forcier (born August 7, 1990) is an American football quarterback from San Diego, California. He is currently the starting quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines. Forcier is from a family of quarterbacks with two older brothers who played Pacific-10 Conference football and a father who also played quarterback in college. His oldest brother, Jason, played briefly for Michigan before transferring to Stanford University. Following in the footsteps of his brothers and father, Forcier has been a quarterback since his Junior PeeWee Pop Warner Football days.


Youth career

Forcier began working with athletic training guru Marv Marinovich as a third-grader.[1] In 2001, Forcier quarterbacked the Carlsbad Charging Lancers to the four-team National Pop Warner Football Championship at the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida in the Junior PeeWee division.[2] On December 5, Carlsbad defeated the Dorchester (Boston, Massachusetts) 15–12 in the national semifinals. Then Carlsbad lost to the Oak Grove Rage (San Jose, California) 34–6 on December 9.[3]

The youngest and smallest of three quarterback brothers, Tate, whose real name is Robert, acquired his nickname from the movie Little Man Tate.[4][1] While he was in middle school, the family moved 60 miles (97 km) from San Diego to San Clemente, after football powerhouse Mater Dei High School, which is Matt Leinart's alma mater, recruited his oldest brother, Jason.[1] Meanwhile, the family ran the San Diego Bus and Limousine Company, the family business in San Diego.[1] With the parents commuting Robert was often on his own as the little man of the house.[1] The lack of academic attention left Tate with poor study skills and by his sophomore year he had to enroll at Charter School of San Diego.[1]


High school

As a freshman he and his brother Chris, who was then a junior, played high school football for St. Augustine High School, but Tate transferred as a sophomore.[4] During his sophomore year Forcier began attending high school at the Charter School of San Diego,[5] which did not have a football team, making him eligible to play for Scripps Ranch High School, where he completed 529-of-760 passes (69.6 pct.) for 7,448 yards and 61 touchdowns in his career.[6] As a sophomore, he and Chris were opposing quarterbacks for a game.[7] That season, Tate led his team to the San Diego Section Division II playoffs,[8] and named him to the state All-sophomore team.[9] As a junior, he led his team back to the San Diego Section Division II playoffs where they won their first game.[10] named him to the state All-junior team.[11] While he was in high school, he visited his brother Jason at Michigan about a half dozen times and got to know many of the players.[1]

During May 2008, which was prior to his senior season, he was a nominee to play in the January 3, 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome.[12] That June, The Oklahoman described him as "a San Diego quarterback who holds [scholarship] offers from just about everyone".[13] He made news by posting his Oregon Ducks football scholarship letter from Mike Bellotti as well as other letters on his website.[14][15] The text of the Bellotti letter that was on his website said that the "offer is made in good faith," but that, "If this offer is not accepted by a date which is agreeable to us, the agreement may have to be altered with additional scholarships."[14] He is considered the first high school football player to post his scholarship offer letters on the internet.[16] Over 25 scanned letters were included.[1] Later in June, he was among the highest scorers at the Elite 11 regional camp attended by the likes of Nick Montana (son of Joe Montana) and Jack Lomax (son of Neil Lomax).[17] In August, he was listed on the ESPNU 150 Class of 2009 football prospect list as well as the SuperPrep preseason All-America team.[18][19] He was regarded as one of the top five dual-threat quarterback recruits of the 2009 class.[20] On August 30, he attended the game between the 2008 Michigan Wolverines football team and the 2008 Utah Utes football team and he became the 17th verbal commitment on August 31.[21] After a junior season with a 77% pass completion rate,[1] ranked him as the most accurate passer in the nation,[22] and as he entered his Division II semifinal playoff game, he was the nation's leader in passing yards.[23] Although his team lost in the San Diego Section Division II semifinals,[24] he finished the season as a third team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports.[25]

Name Hometown High School Height Weight (lb) 40 Commit date
Tate Forcier
San Diego, California Charter School/Scripps Ranch (CA) 6′1″ 184 4.58 August 31, 2008 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 81
Overall Recruiting Rankings: Scout - 15 (QB)   Rivals - 164, 5 (dual threat QB), 18 (CA)  ESPN - 144, 14 (QB)

Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100 point scale.
"Michigan Football Commitments". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
"2009 Michigan Football Commits". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
"ESPN". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
" Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
"2009 Team Ranking". Retrieved 2009-09-17. 

College career

Forcier calling signals in the backfield with Carlos Brown during the 2009 Michigan – Notre Dame rivalry game

2009 season

Forcier, at the encouragement of his brother, Jason, enrolled early during the winter 2009 semester at the University of Michigan.[26] He was one of seven 2009 recruits to enroll early, according to the university directory, along with Vladimir Emilien, Brandin Hawthorne, Vincent Smith, Anthony LaLota and Michael Jones who began classes on January 7 and William Campbell, who was expected to join them soon thereafter.[27][28] Forcier was awarded the starting job before Michigan's season opener against Western Michigan, becoming only the third true freshman to start a season opener at quarterback for Michigan.[29] He is now the regular starting quarterback.[30] After his first season, he was named part of the All-Freshman Big Ten team.[31]


    Passing   Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Comp Att Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD
2009 Michigan 12 128.15 165 281 58.7 2050 13 10 118 240 3



Forcier in street clothes

Forcier's oldest brother, Jason, redshirted in 2005,[1] and was the backup quarterback behind Chad Henne in 2006 at Michigan before transferring in May 2007 to play for Stanford during the 2008 season.[33][34][35] Jason, a graduate student at the time of his youngest brother's Michigan enrollment, was Tate's first year roommate.[33] Tate's other brother, Chris, transferred from UCLA to Furman University in 2009 after Rick Neuheisel took over as head coach at UCLA and recruited Kevin Craft to be his starting quarterback.[36][37] Chris had run the UCLA scout team as a redshirt, but lost the starting quarterback battle.[38][39] The Forcier brothers' parents are Mike and Sue Forcier, both lifelong Michigan Wolverines fans.[40] They work for the San Diego Limo Buses,[4] which is a family owned bus and limousine company.[1] Mike was once a quarterback with modest achievements at San Diego City College and the University of San Diego.[4]


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  2. ^ Reid, Whitelaw (2001-11-28). "Pop Warner teams headed to Orlando". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
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  5. ^ Brand, Steve (2008-02-28). "Moving San Diego, Morse into Central sends a message". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
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  8. ^ Lindgren, Jim (2006-11-18). "West Hills survives a wild one - Late Scripps drive foiled by Wolf Pack". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  9. ^ "Carlsbad's Butler named all-state". San Diego Union-Tribune. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
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  11. ^ Brand, Steve (2008-01-24). "Oceanside, RB players earn state football honors". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  12. ^ Brand, Steve (2008-05-22). "CIF finalizes football bowl expansion". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  13. ^ Baldwin, Mike (2008-06-09). "QB top priority in 2009 - Class could be successful if OSU adds depth". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  14. ^ a b Moseley, Rob (2008-06-17). "Yanked scholarship offer peeves SoCal prep coach". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  15. ^ "College recruiting can be tough business on more than just players - Patrick Sheltra column". The Hutchinson News. 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  16. ^ Sun, Chhun (2008-06-30). "Building image on the Web". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  17. ^ Devine, John (2008-06-30). "Palma quarterback impresses at Elite 11 camp". Monterey County Herald. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  18. ^ Bitter, Andy (2008-08-04). "ESPN releases top 150 prospects list". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
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  24. ^ Garrison, Boyce (2008-12-06). "Oceanside lights up for win Outage delayed game with Scripps Ranch". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
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  28. ^ Vardon, Joe (2009-01-05). "5-star recruit Campbell verbals to UM, expected there this week". The Blade. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  29. ^ Snyder, Mark (2009-09-03). "U-M freshman QB Forcier gets start". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
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  34. ^ "Jason Forcier #4 QB". 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  35. ^ "QB CANDIDATES: Who will lead U-M, especially if Pryor goes elsewhere". Detroit Free Press. 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
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  37. ^ Dohn, Brian (2009-06-04). "Forcier's Press Release". Inside UCLA. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  38. ^ Saxon, Mark (2008-08-13). "UCLA FOOTBALL // Punter might be Bruins' best player". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  39. ^ Gemmell, Kevin (2008-08-16). "QBs Craft, Forcier get shot at UCLA". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  40. ^ Bell, Diane (2007-01-04). "This show definitely won't go on". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steven Threet
Michigan Wolverines Quarterback
2009 – Present
Succeeded by


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