So, we have learned this morning that former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier will not be transferring to Miami, a UM official told me, and apparently the Hurricanes knew about it before Ryan Williams signed his scholarship papers...
NOW, the original blog minus Tate information:
Except for "fan day" last Aug., new #UM #Canes QB Ryan Williams wasn't allowed to speak to the media last season at the University of Memphis.
I asked him Tuesday if it would have been nice to have been able to deal with the media.
"Yes and no,'' he answered. "I mean, I was used to talking to newspapers and stuff in high school, but that was coach's policy and something you got used to. I never complained about it. It never caused any problems because I guess I didn't really want to deal with all the questions during that bad season anyway.''
"Bad" might be an understatement.
Memphis went 1-11 in 2010. Here are some of the Tigers' final NCAA team stats: 116th of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in rushing offense; 81st in passing offense; 117th in total offense; 119th in scoring offense; 81st in rushing defense; 115th in total defense; 117th in scoring defense; 120th in punt returns; 117th in kickoff returns; 118th in turnover margin; 116th in pass defense; 112th in sacks allowed; 105th in sacks.
No wonder Williams is ecstatic to be back home (his family lives in Pembroke Pines) and about to play at the program he loved as a young boy.
Some things you might not know about Ryan:
He's an excellent student (3.8 grade point average at Memphis).
He's real serious -- not very talkative or emotive, but supposedly very focused.
His mother attended Ohio State (oops!). She became a huge UM fan (seriously) last Friday when Ryan signed with the Canes.
Ryan was born in Shreveport, La., home of former UM quarterback transfer Brock Berlin. Ryan lived there, in New Orleans, Hot Springs, Ark., and then Louisville before moving to Pembroke Pines with his family as a 7-year-old.
Ryan's dad played defensive end at Tulane.
Ryan went to Canes games growing up.
Ryan attended several quarterback camps over the years, including the Manning Passing Academy in South Louisiana, Tommy Bowden's camp at Clemson, UM's Nike Camp, Nick Saban's camp at Alabama and Les Miles' camp at LSU. He was awarded "outstanding quarterback'' at Saban's camp.
Ryan's birthday is in November, so he's still only 19.
Ryan's fiancee played soccer on a scholarship at Jackson State in Mississippi. But she had back problems and can't play anymore. She's transferring to FIU to be near Ryan, who has been given permission to live with her near campus in an apartment.
Ryan was roommates with former Hurricanes QB Cannon Smith last season. The two are good friends. Smith, by the way, is now a safety.
Ryan said he wants to become "a better game manager and continue to make better decisions on the field and continue to work in the weight room.'' He's almost 6-6 and 220 pounds.
When Ryan is a senior, the Hurricanes will play Memphis in Miami.
Have a good night and great Friday everyone!! My Ryan Williams story will be in the Miami Herald Friday.
--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
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