It certainly has been a recent whirlwind in around Miami Hurricanes football program and specifically, what’s going to change with their offense and at quarterback. And, new offensive coordinator Dan Enos spoke at length about several subjects in an interview that aired Sunday night in South Florida.
During an extended conversation with our colleague, NBC 6 Miami sportscaster Chris Fischer, Enos covered: the adjustment of coming from Alabama to Miami, working with new Canes head coach Manny Diaz and of course, who might emerge as the 2019 Miami QB?
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“I can’t speak for coach… but it’s going to be an open competition 100%. That’s going to probably be on the entire football team, but for sure within that room,” the former Bama quarterback coach said. “There may be a guy that’s been here a little bit (Perry). As I told the quarterbacks already: everybody’s got a clean slate now. So, you come in now, I have no perceived notion out there on the field or off the field demeanor or whatever.”
Enos continued, “right now your life begins or starts today (QB battle)… So I’m excited to get to know them all. I think we’re all going to give them all an opportunity to compete and show what they can do. And, ultimately, what they do in the field or don’t do on the field is going to be the thing that decides who the starters going to be going to be. They’re going to have to earn it.”
As we wrote late last week, that room includes Ohio State transfer Tate Martell, who has enrolled at Miami, and is allowed to practice with the Canes, while he awaits word as to whether he’s appealing to be eligible to play this season. Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields transferred into Ohio State, and won his appeal to be immediately eligible this season for the Buckeyes.
That has to give Martel, the Canes coaching staff and their fans hope that the same thing might be happening with him.
As Fisher mentioned in his question, N’kosi Perry is obviously a player that Miami utilized at times during his redshirt freshman season. That included a four-touchdown performance in the October win over rival Florida State.
However, Perry also went to the bench later in the year in favor of senior Malik Rosier. Eventually. former coach Mark Richt turned back to Perry in games with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in November. Only to then have “yo-yo games” continue, Perry went back to the bench and Rosier played at the end of the year, including in the awful Pinstripe Bowl loss to Wisconsin.
Enos obviously has an extensive background working with quarterbacks, including over the last two seasons in Tuscaloosa. He was with Crimson Tide phenom Tua Tagovailoa managing his skill set and abilities along with former Tide star starter Jalen Hurts.
Hurts contemplated joining Enos with the Hurricanes in January before deciding to transfer to Oklahoma. That also paved the way for Martell to come from Ohio State and have a legitimate chance to start this season.
The same chance that all of the Miami QBs will apparently get, starting now.
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