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Hurricanes Quarterback Dilemma Takes Center Stage Again

Alex Donno
November 08, 2018 - 10:44 am

Both Malik Rosier and N'Kosi Perry played in Miami's 20-12 home loss to Duke last Saturday. Neither played well, as the Hurricanes were shut out in the second half, en route to their first home loss to Duke since 1976. 

Fans prefer Perry. His ceiling is higher and his passes are slightly more accurate. Rosier is the more experienced player and has more trust from his coaches to read opposing defenses. 

Most importantly - Perry is a redshirt freshman while Rosier is a fifth year senior. So, Perry could be the future of this program while Rosier obviously isn't. Thus, most of my listeners and readers feel strongly that Mark Richt should focus on playing Perry and true freshman Jarren Williams for the remainder of this season. After all, Miami has virtually no chance of winning the Coastal division after three straight losses, so what do you have to lose? It's time to turn the page on 2018 and focus on 2019. 

Mark Richt discussed his quarterback dilemma on Monday during his weekly spot on The Joe Rose Show. 

"We're going to be competing in practice (this week) to decide mostly between Malik and N'Kosi," Richt said. "The chances of one of the other two (Williams and Cade Weldon) is possible."

Richt wasn't ready to decide who will start at Georgia Tech this week. 

"We're going to watch and see who we think deserves to start. It's down to that point where I'm not sure who's gonna start the game until Wednesday after practice. Then, I'll have a better feel for that." 

No announcement has been made as of Thursday, but Wednesday's practice may have offered a clue. 

According to Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, Rosier was the first quarterback seen working handoff drills, but N'Kosi Perry took nearly all the snaps with receivers during throwing drills during the limited media viewing. Take it with a grain of salt since the media can only watch 15 minutes, but it could be a sign that Perry is favored to start this weekend. 

I speak for every Hurricanes fan when I say we also need to see Jarren Williams again before this season is over. The true freshman played sparingly in Miami's blowout of Savannah State and as not entered a game since. He can play in up to 3 more without burning his redshirt. There's some speculation and concern that N'Kosi Perry may seek a transfer after this rough season, but even if he doesn't, there's a chance Williams might be Miami's better option in 2019. 

Richt says Williams has impressed him, but is taking a careful approach. "You put a guy in there before he's ready and you cook him too fast." This doesn't mean Richt won't use Williams again this season. I expect he will. To me, those words likely explain why we won't see Williams start either of the next two games. Against tough ACC opponents on the road, and with Miami's O-line struggling, Williams could be in overly-tough situations. If he does start a game this season, home against Pittsburgh might be the only option. 

Miami is a 3-point underdog against the Yellow Jackets. The Canes have 3 games left on the schedule, and need one more victory to be bowl eligible. After Georgia Tech, Miami faces Virgina Tech on the road and Pittsburgh at home. 

You can listen to Miami at GT this Saturday, November 10th on 560 WQAM. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm and our pregame coverage starts at 3:00.