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Miami Hurricanes QB Competition Taking Shape

Ari Russell

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The spring competition at QB for the Miami Hurricanes is beginning to narrow. When the spring practices began the competition was wide open with head coach Mark Richt leaving everything on the table. As we are nearing the ides of April, it’s becoming more clear about who’s performance is gaining favor.

Right now it appears that Evan Shirriffs is in the lead. The 6’5 215 red shirt sophomore has been mentioned several times by the coaching staff this week. He has shown a lot of consistency with his throws and is in synch with his receivers. He has also received praise for being able to stand in the pocket and make solid connections under pressure. Players and coaches have also given high praises to Shirriffs because of his leadership.

Evan Shirriffs isn’t the only QB however that has received high marks. Malik Rozier, the red shirt junior who is the only QB in camp with actual full game experience, has done pretty well. Richt had mentioned that Rozier has looked sharp moving around in the pocket. He’s considered a dual threat QB, and the staff is looking for more consistency with his passing game. This spring, that seems to be taking shape.

Whoever does win the QB battle in the spring will not mean too much come fall. Though it would give that player a little bit of a leg up, the competition is still going to be wide open. N’Kosi Perry  the dual threat stud QB recruit comes to campus next month. He is expected to also compete for the starting job. The coaching staff is excited to see what Perry brings to the table. With that said, you can bet that the QB competition is going to be really competitive, which can only mean good things for Miami. You have to give Mark Richt and his coaching staff credit. They are doing a fantastic job at motivating the team and keeping the players on their toes. These are how championships are won.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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