Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt is always imagining ways to build team chemistry. His latest move, is quite unique considering the circumstances. What Richt and the current staff are doing is tasking QBs Malik Rozier and Evan Shirreffs to mentor the freshman QBs in N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon.
On the surface, if you haven’t been fully vested in the Miami program this Spring, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. However what makes this story intriguing is that the QB competition is wide open in Coral Gables. Even after the final Spring scrimmage there wasn’t enough of a distance at the top for the coaching staff to say that the competition was this guy or that guy’s to lose. Rozier and Shiffeffs did end up at the top of the list, with Jack Allison transferring as a result.
Weldon, who’s the son of former Florida State QB Casey Weldon arrived on campus in January and did participate in Spring practice, but mostly as a spectator. Perry literally just arrived to Coral Gables this week. And is expected to start throwing the football around next week.
As far as the mentoring pairings go, Rozier is with Weldon and Shirreffs is with Perry. This should be an intriguing experiment considering the void left at the position when Brad Kaaya decided to turn pro and get drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. The only player with extended playing time at this level in this group is Malik Rozier. His career stats are 31-61 for 370 yards 2 TDs and 3 INTs. He has a total of 63 rushing yards with a rushing QB. Obviously not enough of a sample size to cast any sort of judgement. His Spring practice performance was okay, but clearly not good enough to give him separation.
The real hype from most Hurricane fans is with N’Kosi Perry. The Dual threat QB from Ocala, is coming to campus with a lot of hype. He’s been drawing comparisons to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy last year. Mighty big expectations for a young man who has yet to even toss a ball as a college student on a college campus yet.
With all that said, it’s hard to question to tactics and strategy Mark Richt has been using since being named head coach at Miami. He wants to build tough competition but at the same time team camaraderie. What better way to build that in, by making the older QBs mentoring the young ones, despite a fierce competition looming in the fall? The drama around every other position at Miami will pale in comparison to what happens with the QBs. But if Richt plan works, you can expect who ever doesn’t win the job, will be right there ready to be the next man up.