Coming of Age

Already in the young college football season, we have seen one program which appeared to be in turmoil be revived on the shoulders of a true freshman quarterback, and another program, which has been a powerhouse and supposed to be in a “rebuilding” stage of sorts keep their national title hopes alive on a drive led by a true freshman quarterback.

These two QB’s, Tate Forcier of Michigan, and Matt Barkley of USC led two of the best drives to lead their teams to victory in the young football season over Notre Dame and Ohio State, respectively. The poise of these young men were amazing, especially in the final seconds of two of the biggest rivalries in their school’s history.

With Forcier, he was the new QB of a Michigan program who had one of their worst seasons in recent memory. In a game against another program that has fallen on some hard times, Notre Dame, Forcier marched the Wolverines down the field and threw the game-winning touchdown pass, his second of the game, with 11 seconds left and led Michigan to a 38-34 win over the Fighting Irish. The poise he had in a stadium of 110,000+ holding their breath and hoping for a miracle was amazing, especially for an 18-yr old true freshman. Many thought he could not do it, but he did. He will be one special player for this Michigan program for years to come.

Matt Barkley, the true freshman for USC, took the reigns at QB when Aaron Corp could not come back, and it appears he is not going to let go of the job. At Ohio State, with 106,000 fans going against him, he showed up in the fourth quarter, and delivered a huge 18-15 win over the Buckeyes. Barkley led the Trojans on an 86 yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock and USC won it’s 10th straight game over a Big Ten opponent, and kept their National Championship hopes alive. Joe McKnight gained 53 yards on that final drive and was a key, along with the USC defense doing its part on defense, but for a 19 year old to come in, and take over in a hostile environment and play like an upperclassman was amazing. Barkley has two more hostile environments this season, as he has to go up against Oregon at the Autzen Zoo and will have to face Cal in Berkley, and the crowd there will definitely be ready.

The future of Michigan and USC is bright with these two young stars, and it will be great when their paths cross in the future. At the rate they are going, we may see them sooner than you think.

    • CCC
    • September 27th, 2009

    excellent article

    • CCC
    • September 28th, 2009

    so glad I added this site to my blogroll and follow it

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