On Tuesday the Miami Hurricanes opened camp with still a few question marks. Despite being named to win the ACC Coastal Division, there are still a few major items that will need to be addressed. Obviously the first item that will need to be answered is who will be the starting QB.
Right now the competition is wide open. In drills on Tuesday, Malik Rosier who’s the only QB on the roster with any significant playing time experience was going first in QB drills followed by red shirt junior Evan Shirreffs. True freshman Cade Weldon was followed by true freshman N’Kosi Perry. Perry is going to be the one player at least fans will be likely rooting for since there has been a lot of hype around him. The amount of space he is given to compete will be determined how quickly Perry is able to understand the offense. That said you can tell the coaching staff is excited about his raw abilities.
Another major question mark is depth at running back. Mark Walton is the premier back and one of the best RBs in the nation. However after that it gets pretty thin with regards to experience. Incoming freshman Robert Burns who enrolled in school early, hurt his shoulder in spring and had surgery. The staff isn’t certain if he’ll be ready for the opening game against Bethune-Cookman on September 2nd.
An interesting development is that it looks like Mark Richt in staff will be using DeeJay Dallas at running back. Dallas was supposed to be one of the better receivers for the Canes this year, but the need at RB may require some shifts. Apparently Dallas is going to be one of those guys who may shift back and forth from receiver to RB, depending on needs. That’s versatility is a good thing for Miami. Travis Homer and Trayone Gray currently are the back up running backs.
Obviously being uncertain at QB and being afraid of RB depth could be a death wish for most programs. That said it tells you how long Miami has come in the post Nevin Shapiro scandal era. They seem to finally have a coach that at least isn’t displaying any concern. He would know better than anyone who’s on this roster and what they are capable of. If he isn’t showing any signs of worry, perhaps Canes fans should follow suit.