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Miami Hurricanes QB N’Kosi Perry Benched in First Start on the Road

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All eyes were on N’Kosi Perry Saturday night. Unfortunately, his performance was the opposite of what fans were hoping for.

NCAA Football: Miami at Virginia Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

N’Kosi Perry threw for 20 yards with 2 interceptions during Saturday’s contest - an extremely concerning outing for the Freshman quarterback.

Despite 2 early interceptions by Trajan Bandy and Sheldrick Redwine, Perry and the offense couldn’t capitalize. The offense would remain sluggish throughout the first quarter, with Perry throwing his own interception; a weak floater to one of his favorite targets, Mike Harley.

With no points off of turnovers and 2 ‘rookie’ mistakes, the first quarter of Perry’s road debut was anything but convincing.

In the second quarter, Perry completed some confidence-building throws to Jeff Thomas and Lawrence Cager, but blundered once again as he threw his 2nd interception; resulting in a 62-yard return to Miami’s redzone.

With the way Perry was performing, we wondered if there would be a Malik Rosier appearance - and that’s exactly what happened on the drive following Virginia’s touchdown.

Rosier entered the game for Perry, reassuring us of Richt’s short leash on both of them. The offense looked just as confused and slow as before though, despite Rosier staying in for the remainder of the game.

It was surprising to see such a performance from N’Kosi Perry, who had been a rock in the previous weeks. Against Florida State, he was rushed and sacked multiple times, but stayed poised and delivered 4 touchdown passes. Saturday night it was all forgotten, as he seemed like a quarterback with no experience whatsoever.

The quarterback position concerned most fans until N’Kosi Perry entered the game against FIU. Ever since then it had been smooth sailing, and it seemed like he was ready to take his skills on the road. Unfortunately, we, as well as the coaching staff, were wrong about Perry’s maturity.

Miami limps back to Coral Gables, but thankfully has a bye week to digest what just happened. Perry will (hopefully) be ready when the ‘Canes travel to Boston College on October 26th.