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Hurricanes QB Competition: Is Malik Rosier Way Out In Front?

Alex Donno
April 03, 2018 - 1:17 pm

For the Miami Hurricanes, spring practice has marked the start of the 2018 quarterback competition. Incumbent starter Malik Rosier will try to hold on to his job amidst challenges from redshirt freshmen N'Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon, along with true freshman Jarren Williams. 

Hurricanes offensive coordinator Thomas Brown joined The Joe Rose Show on Tuesday to discuss where things stand. 

Rose asked Brown if senior Rosier, who started in 2017, is way out in front. 

"I wouldn't say he's way out in front," Brown replied, "but I see it's probably going to be his job to lose."

Rosier guided Miami to their first 10-win season in over a decade, but struggled during the team's 3-game losing streak to end the year. 

“I think he’s doing a good job of trying to step up and be more of a leader," said Brown. "I also think he’s a guy who needs confidence to bring out the best in him.”

Rosier's stiffest competition will likely come from N'Kosi Perry, who quarterbacked the scout team in 2017 during his redshirt year. 

“He's gotta get reps in the offense," Brown said of Perry. "Has the arm talent and he’s coming out and competing every day. Trying to become the leader that he should be.”

Brown noted that during spring, it's hard to really gage the younger quarterbacks. Unlike Rosier, the three freshmen haven't shown what they can do consistently in the face of live-hitting. Brown says it's easy to show poise when there's not a pass rush coming at you. We'll learn more about the younger competitors once the Hurricanes reach the scrimmage phases. 

You can listen to the full interview with Thomas Brown on The Joe Rose Show Podcast.