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QB battle highlights Miami Hurricanes Spring

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Jasen Vinlove)

With spring practices going down on Tuesday for the Miami Hurricanes there are certainly going to be quite a few questions that will have to be answered. Yet again however similar to last season the primary question surrounding the team will be once again the QB battle in Coral Gables.

Last season Malik Rosier won the battle in the spring and kept that momentum going into fall camps to win the starting job rather decisively when all was said and done. Rosier didn’t disappoint for the most part until the very end of the season. After starting the season 10-0, including several 4th quarter comebacks in a row, the Canes would lose their final three games.

The disappointing finish to the season became a major topic with Miami fans with regards to the future at QB. Rosier returns for his senior season and is expected to be the starter at the beginning of camp. With that said the coaching staff under Mark Richt has made it quite clear that yet again it will be an open competition.

Though last spring it was wide open, with no front runner, this spring Rosier does have a slight advantage. Basically it’s his job to lose, however he will have a heck of a lot more fierce competition this Spring and depending on the play of his competition, Rosier is truly going to have too show significant improvements.

N’Kosi Perry, who’s a red shirt freshman as well as true freshman Jarren Williams are going to put some serious pressure on Rosier for that starting job. For Miami fans, they are certainly going to be excited to learn about this competition during the Spring. Perry is a guy who many thought would win the job last season. Clearly Rosier stepped up and Perry not familiar enough with the offense for the staff to give him a nod. Since Rosier was so effective the first ten games, Perry was red shirted. Which was certainly the wise move.

Perry now has a full year under his belt and will be heading towards a more experienced Spring. He came in time for fall camp last season. Having a year to learn to offense, plus be involved with the training program is going to help Perry compete, that’s for sure.

Perry is considered a true dual-threat QB. He’s received comparisons to former Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, which if accurate, would certainly be a huge deal for the Canes.

Williams is going to be in a a little tougher spot considering he’s just out of high school. That said he was one of the top dual threat QBs in the country being recruited. He also has a shot to win the job.

Don’t expect the competition to be settled in the Spring. There is far too much at stake for the coaching staff to allow that to happen. But if Perry really starts living up to the hype, it’s going to be hard not to give him the nod. Also we really have no idea what to expect from Williams at this point either.

It could be far worse for Miami though. They do have a QB who has had success already and has shown great poise and leadership. Also having two young stud dual threat QBs behind Rosier shows great for the future.

Miami fans however want to win in 2018. Last year showed tremendous promise and progress in the Mark Richt era winning the ACC Coastal. However this season winning the ACC outright will be important. Those are the expectations and figuring out who will be named the signal caller to accomplish these goals is something everyone is eager to find out. The journey officially begins on Tuesday.



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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