While we still have a lot to look forward to in 2017: Early Signing Period, Orange Bowl, etc., it is never too early to start looking forward to the 2018 season. One of the biggest things to watch is going to be the QB battle between Malik Rosier, N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams.
Malik Rosier – (RS)SR.
Malik Rosier has been the starter for the entire 2017 season and lead Miami to one of its best seasons in school history. Rosier had a knack for making big plays in big games, coming up with clutch plays at the end of the FSU game and the GT game. Rosier is also a great runner for a QB and made some great plays with his legs, especially in the redzone. The QB draw was one of the most effective plays the Hurricanes ran when they got inside the 20. Despite the stellar season, his limitations were a glaring problem. When teams sold out to stop the run, he failed to hit open receivers consistently, and would lack consistent play throughout an entire game. Despite being the early favorite entering the spring, his limitations kept Miami from entering elite level status and will continue to hold the offense back. I personally do not see him winning the job again next year if Miami sees itself as a serious championship contender.
N’Kosi Perry – (RS)FR.
N’Kosi Perry spent this entire season watching from the sidelines as Miami used a redshirt on the young quarterback. Perry was Richt’s #1 target in the 2017 recruiting class and he has shown flashes of immense talent. He dominated the high school level with insane athletic ability, and a cannon of an arm. He came in with a very thin frame, and while his talent may have been ready to play day one, the staff probably felt mentally and physically he was not ready. Perry has the most upside of this group and has superstar potential. He is starting to receive some 2nd team reps in practice and the staff seems ready to put more on his plate in 2018. This is my personal pick to win the job, and I also feel that Perry will give us the best chance to ascend into a legit national contender.
Jarren Williams - FR.
Jarren Williams is the lone QB commit for the Hurricanes in the 2018 class. He was a late bloomer who was committed to Kentucky for a while, before making the flip to Miami. Williams was not always viewed as an elite talent in the class, but he really took off during his senior season. Williams may not have the cannon or speed that N’Kosi Perry possess, but he brings a bigger body to the position in the mold of Cam Newton. Jarren Williams is listed at 6-3, 201 pounds on ESPN compared to Perry who was listed at 6-4, 178 pounds coming out of high school. He is a pass first QB with the athleticism to extend plays with his legs. It is hard to imagine a freshman coming in day one and taking the job, but I think Williams will be given every opportunity to take the job given the uncertainty of the position.
Unless Malik Rosier takes a big step in the off-season as a passer, or Jarren Williams comes in and is clearly better from day 1, I think the staff will go with the upside of Perry and give him a chance to lead this team from week 1.