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Mark Richt Turns Back To Malik Rosier

Alex Donno
October 18, 2018 - 11:52 am

Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is switching up his starting quarterbacks once again. After benching redshirt freshman N'Kosi Perry for fifth year senior Malik Rosier in the Virginia loss, Richt will stick with Rosier to start against Boston College. 

“Right this minute I think Malik is better equipped to lead this team right now," Richt said. 

We've seen Rosier win 10 games in a season, but we've also seen his ceiling. His career completion percentage is 53.3 and his arm is limited. 

With Perry, we've seen flashes of potential and the height of his ceiling is unknown. This makes him exciting. Turning back to Rosier is frustrating for many, if not most, Hurricanes fans. 

I'm certainly not happy to see Perry benched, because I badly want to watch him grow and blossom into the next great signal caller at "quarterback U." Turning back to Malik feels like Perry's - and Miami's - progress is being stunted. As a fan, it hurts. 

Even so, I need to give Mark Richt the benefit of the doubt here. A myth needs to be busted. When interacting with other Hurricanes fans on my show and on social media, I hear a common complaint:

"How come Richt stuck with Rosier for a year and a half, but when Perry throws 6 poor passes in Virginia, he gets yanked? Why is the leash so short for Perry?"

This has to be about more than 6 throws and 2 interceptions in Virginia. There's more going on here when it relates to Perry's maturity and preparedness.

At halftime of the Virginia game, WQAM's Josh Darrow asked Richt why he benched Perry for Rosier. Richt said he "wanted some more maturity at the position." Perry looked lost early in that game. Yes, I would have liked to see him get a chance to find his footing and play his way out of that funk. With Richt not giving him that chance, I have to think he knows more than we do about Perry's inability to read Virginia's defense. This is probably something that's been building up over time. 

Remember, Perry was suspended for Miami's opening game. His maturity has been in question before. I hope Perry can regain the starting job and succeed. Until that happens, I trust that Mark Richt is basing his demotion on more than just the 6 passes he threw at Virginia. This could be a needed wake up call for Perry to work even harder and become a better player and leader. 

I discussed Miami's quarterback situation with my producer, Danny Garcia, shortly after Rosier was announced as the starter for the Boston College game. 

Miami will enjoy this weekend off. They return to action next Friday, October 26th, at Boston College.