Furrha Wants a Fair Shake

Nader Furrha has played for the last few seasons in the shadow of the Big House, just across the street as a matter of fact, at Ann Arbor Pioneer. While he had opportunities to go elsewhere, he decided to stay at home and walk-on with the Wolverines where he is determined to beat the odds and contribute.

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez has made no secret of wanting to strengthen the Wolverines' walk-on program. Why not? Several players rose from the ranks of the unknown, walked-on and contributed on Rodriguez's Big East Champion West Virginia teams.

Now, he is trying to bring that to Ann Arbor and he did not have to look far to start it off as Pioneer High quarterback Nader Furrha recently decided he would join the Wolverines.

"I made that decision pretty recently," he said, "I mean, they're in need at quarterback, that's where they struggled a little bit. I think I can go in and compete for the job. I think I can play Division 1 (FBS) ball and I need to take the opportunity while I have it."

After Nick Sheridan, a fellow walk-on, started a handful of games a year ago, there is little room to doubt Furrha. Especially not after looking at his high school resume; he was twice named to the Ann Arbor News All-Area 1st team and made All-State honorable mention as a senior. In that year, he lead the Pioneers to a 7-3 record and passed for 1,100 yards, seven touchdowns and rushed for 1,168 yards and 14 scores.

He had offers from D2 schools like Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State and Eastern Michigan is still showing him interest.

However, he says any new offers will not change his mind as the chance to don the maize and blue and play in the stadium he has been looking at with desiring eyes every day, was just too much to pass up, particularly with Rodriguez, a former walk-on himself, at the helm.

"He said I'll get a fair opportunity like the rest of the guys. I'm not going to be treated any differently.

I know he was a walk-on and I'm pretty sure he's going to be fair about it, so I'm taking this opportunity, It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to play Michigan football. It's right in my backyard, I grew up in Ann Arbor and it will be a dream coming up that tunnel."

Furrha says he will join the Wolverines officially in June.


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