Compare and Contrast

OSU FootballFootballAs we are wont to do from time to time, we like to take a couple articles, clip a little nugget out of each and compare the two. Today’s articles look at the physical development of a couple of the future and present signal callers for the Michigan and Ohio State football teams, respectively.

First, we have Tate Forcier, commenting on his development, strength-wise, under the tutelage of Mike Barwis:

“Coach Barwis has definitely showed me a little bit of a different life,” Forcier said. “He’s doing a great job with it, and I’ve got to give a lot of credit to him. He’s trying to bring me along as fast as he can. … Coming here, you’re [bench-pressing] a 45-pound plate on each side, it’s kind of pathetic. He’s gotten me a lot stronger.”

To be fair, Forcier is a freshman and probably hasn’t had access to facilities or coaches like he will at U of M. But seriously? Benching one-hundred-and-thirty-five pounds? At 6′ 1″ and 187, he should certainly be stronger than that.

Compare that to what’s being said about Terrelle Pryor’s progress and growth:

“He’s been in there every day, and I am talking about two and three hours at a time,” Hall said. “What I see is how much bigger he’s gotten under Ohio State’s strength and conditioning program. He told me he weighs 238 pounds and, kidding him, I said, ‘You better watch it. They might make you a defensive end.'”

Again, we’re not exactly comparing apples to apples here. Pryor is a bigger guy with a year under his belt and an off-season with some of the best trainers in the country. So it’s to be expected that he’d not only get bigger, but stronger.

That being said, if Forcier does get any playing time of consequence, Big Ten linebackers are going to be licking their chops. I can hear Thaddues Gibson’s stomach growling already.


  1. Unfortunately, who knows if Forcier will be healthy when Thaddeus Maximus lines up opposite him. After a steady diet of big10 teams, tsun might be down to cone, sheridan, or feagin.

  2. browniebuck says

    6’1″, 187? Does that mean I could take snaps for RickyRod? Not that I’d want to, as my maize pants would turn brown the first time I faced a 300 lb d-lineman. Yeah, good luck with that Tater.

  3. WOW! 187…well that’s about what TP’s sweat towel is after a workout.

  4. @Raj – You can add Paulus to that list. That’s practically LOL-worthy. U of M’s getting desperate.

    @brownie – I’m sorry, but I’m stealing that Tater reference. Thaddeus and Wilson make an excellent Tater salad.

    @Mike – that’s selling TP’s towel short.

  5. I have watched this kid Tate play, It is true he is undersized right now, but this kid is a freshman and he has talent! He may need a year but after that he will be dangerous!! They also has that kid coming in this summer who ran the fastest outdoor sprint time in the country. Looks like RR may be getting the guys he needs. Let’s not get too confident and hope TP can throw better than last year. Go Bucks

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