The only major X factor going into the 2017 season for the Miami Hurricanes is the battle for the starting quarterback. During the spring it came down to Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs as the two emerging as front runners for the starting job. However the door was still left wide open coming out of the Spring practices, because Miami coaches wanted to see what superstar recruit N’Kosi Perry was all about. Turns out that the word around the campfire is that he’s pretty good.
The Miami Herald was contacted by a few players, one of who did’t want to be identified, and the praise for the true freshman is very high:
One veteran UM starter at another position said he would give Perry the edge in the quarterback competition. That veteran, who does not want to be identified, noted Perry’s impressive athleticism and accuracy in throwing on the move.
The coaches haven’t been able to actually watch Perry workout because that’s against NCAA rules, but they are certainly excited about him. Some people compare him to Louisville Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, others say he’s similar to former Florida State and also Heisman winner Charlie Ward. Either comparison is pretty good to say the least.
WR Braxton Berrios went on record and told WQAM about his thoughts on Perry:
“looked really good. He’s impressed a lot of people so far. He has a heck of an arm. Truly has a cannon. It’s one thing to see it on film. It’s another to see it in person. He’s starting to understand the playbook. That’s going to be the main thing. Can he understand the playbook and can he read college defenses and make the right decision?”
The last point Berrios made is going to be the key in whether Perry actually wins the starting job. It’s one thing to have the physical skills, but you must be able to run the offense and read defenses to be an effective QB at this level. The good news for Perry is that he will be facing in fall camp one of the best and most aggressive defenses in the country. The coaching staff will get to see pretty quickly where Perry is.
There’s no question Perry has the talent to be a great QB. The question is can he actually win the starting job. If he does indeed get the nod, that speaks volumes about his ability. Mark Richt is not just going to throw out someone because he has huge hype. He better be able to play first and foremost at this level. That said hearing what some veteran players are saying about Perry, things are looking pretty good for the young man.