Odds are there will be a new starting QB for the Miami Hurricanes when they play UNC on Thursday night as redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry looks poised to take over. At Wednesday’s ACC Teleconference call when asked about who will start at QB, head coach Mark Richt said he knows but everyone else will have to wait until the Miami Hurricanes offense takes the field.
Turning point for Perry
The QB change started last week vs FIU when senior starter Malik Rosier started the first 2 drives but lead the team to zero points. On the third drive, coach Richt inserted Perry and never looked back. Perry led the team to a 24-0 halftime lead and finished the day 17/25 for 224 yards, 3 td’s passing, 1 pick, and 32 yards rushing. Canes fans have been waiting for this moment since Perry signed with the Canes in 2017 out of Ocala Vanguard as the number 3 rated dual threat QB by ESPN that year.
College Football Trend
Recently many high profile programs are starting highly regarded recruits over much more experienced and older QB’s. In last season’s title game freshman Tua Tagovailoa took over at QB at halftime and led the Crimson Tide to a title. This year Tua has been the starter over Junior Jalen Hurts (who was 25-2 as a starter) and is putting up Heisman numbers at Bama. Just this week #1 overall recruit Trevor Lawrence was named starting QB at #3 Clemson, and now demoted Kelly Bryant is transferring.
Miami was doing fine with Rosier as he led the Canes to 10 wins last year and broke the Miami single season record for TD passes. However, Rosier had below average accuracy always hovering the low 50% range and was just inconsistent at times, especially on third down. He defiantly possessed poise and had the ability to come back as he lead Miami back several times last season in the 4th quarter, particularly against FSU and Georgia Tech. However, Richt must feel the time is now for Perry as he is mature enough to take over at the most important position for the “U” and get the Canes offense to the next level to match their elite defense.
Written by Yousaf “Da Guru” Khan