The battle for starting QB rages on in the Spring in Coral Gables, however there isn’t one single guy who has stood out for the Miami Hurricanes. Last week it seemed as if red shirt sophomore Evan Shirriffs maybe the clubhouse leader, but this week it seems as if this is not the case. Malik Rozier is taking first team snaps alongside Shirriffs.
Here’s the Miami Herald talked with OC Thomas Brown:
“His demeanor, way he handles stuff on the field,” Brown said. “From the first scrimmage, how he takes some shots and gets back up and have a smile on his face and enjoy the game and not be frightened by the moment. You want a guy who can command the huddle and the rest of the guys in the huddle can look at him and know he’s not going to panic, I’m not going to panic… We’re all in this together. Seeing that from him and being a consistent deal has helped him out.”
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What’s so remarkable about Shirriff’s rise is that he was only a two-star recruit coming out of high school with minimal offers. This has been nothing short of a meteoric rise. The other QB in Spring camp is freshman Cade Weldon who’s still in the early learning stages, redshirt freshman Vinny Testaverde Jr. who at this point is not even close to competing and Jack Allison. Allison hurt his shoulder in the full contact scrimmage and it’s uncertain whether he will be taking snaps this weekend.
As noted several times, this QB battle which seems tight won’t be of much consequence until N’Kosi Perry comes to campus for Fall camp. There are high expectations for this young man and the QB competition will be wide open with him around.