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Miami Hurricanes QBs Rozier and Shirreffs tasked to mentor the freshman QBs

Ari Russell



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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.     


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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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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