There is a fascinating juxtaposition here: Whereas Barkley is a sturdy 6-2, 230 pounds, Forcier is a wiry 6 feet and maybe 185. When people first see Barkley in person, they remark how solid he looks. They're wowed. Like out of Central Casting wowed. When people first set eyes on Forcier, they find him even smaller than they expected. Forget wiry; maybe scrawny. Barkley's teammates see him as "the Golden Boy." Forcier's peg him as goofy. Yet so far, the kid has been an absolute strongman, lifting the Wolverines program out of the muck.
As for those allegations of players being overworked and of a fractured fan base chaffing about whether Rich Rodriguez is the wrong guy for Michigan? Um, who exactly is grousing now?
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