It appears that the QB race that has been decided this week has led to some attrition to the position in Coral Gables. Vincent Testaverde, son of the Miami Hurricanes QB legend and former Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde is leaving the program. It appears that he feels that he’s going to have no chance to take snaps any time soon.
“Vincent approached me this morning and indicated that he felt like he would have more opportunities for playing time at another program,” Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
Testaverde was way behind on the depth chart even heading into camp and wasn’t even close to be even considered in the competition. This move comes as no surprise. He’s the second QB to leave the program. Jack Allison transferred to West Virginia after getting hurt during the Spring and also sinking on the depth chart.
There has been quite a bit of attrition under the Mark Richt era, however fans shouldn’t be alarmed. This is actually a great sign when it comes to the progress of the program. What these transfers show is that the competition is many positions are very tight and that the talent pool is not only better, but the coaching staff is challenging players. If someone doesn’t improve, they could call down the depth chart and indeed look elsewhere for playing time.
These were the types of things that didn’t happen under the two previous coaches in Al Golden and Randy Shannon. What of the rubs, which was major was that neither coach did a particularly good job at player development.
What we are seeing very clearly under the Richt regime that players are being developed and that the coaching staff is pushing competition very hard. You can even tell with how they assess the team in public about places that need improvement. It seems every praise is followed by about two or three areas of improvement. In this case, the other QBs stepped up and tightened up the competition, leaving the son of a Miami legend out in the cold. It will be interesting to see where Vincent Testaverde lans.