Miami Football Burning Questions: Backup QB
The start of the season is right around the corner. In this new series, we examine the biggest question marks Mark Richt and staff will have to answer before the opener.
QB - 6'5 200 Freshman - Palmetto, Fl
U.S. Army All-American was one of the highest rated pocket passers in the country coming out of H.S. and a 4 star prospect across the board among all of the major recruiting services.
Heady player, who enrolled at UM in December, and participated in Spring Football.
His biggest asset however, is his rifle of an arm.
Brad Kaaya today had some high praise for EE QB Jack Allison. Said he thinks Allison has the strongest arm of all the Miami QBs.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) April 7, 2016
But he also beings great size, touch, and accuracy to the position, and may even be a touch underrated as an athlete:
Summary: If by chance Brad Kaaya gets hurt, will Coach Mark Richt burn Allison's RS and play him as a true freshman? It seems doubtful. But if Richt feels he has the best chance to win with the Palmetto product, it could happen. Evan Shirreffs and Malik Rosier will also have something to say about it, if that awful scenario plays out. However while those two players have more experience in the program, neither has the talent of Allison. At 6'5 with a cannon on his right shoulder, Allison can make any throw you want. He stands tall in the pocket, and does a pretty good job with his footwork (though occasionally some of his tosses seem to be all arm). Allison also has a very quick release on underneath stuff, and can get the ball deep down the field effortlessly. His physical skill set is prototypical for a pocket passer. If he gets the mental aspect of the game down, he could be a superstar down the line. And he'll have at least a year to learn from Kaaya, and more than that under Richt. In 2016 he more than likely sits the bench and absorbs. In 2017 he might have another year behind Kaaya, and down the line future 'Canes recruit N'Kosi Perry could be a thorn in his side. But sometime in the not too distant future I expect this kid to become a household name. There's a long way to go in his development, but he already has top NFL prospect arm strength, and he's in a near perfect position to develop with the guy ahead of him and the Coach he has mentoring him.