N’Kosi Perry and Malik Rosier headlined the Quarterback race in the Hurricane’s Spring Game of 2018. However, a 3rd option, and a dark horse pick to some, may also be in the hunt.
The Spring Game allowed the candidates to showcase their talents, yet also showed us some of their downsides. Perry posted 166 yards through the air while completing 11 out of 21 passes, along with a touchdown and an interception. Malik Rosier went 9 of 14, with 105 yards; and Jarren Williams went 9 of 14 for 107 yards, and a touchdown.
It’s eminent that we’ve already seen the peak for Malik Rosier, who showed his inaccuracy and inconsistency once again during the Spring Game. Despite this, Malik remains the leading candidate to be the starter for the Canes according to Head Coach Mark Richt, who said on the Jon Rose Show: “If it were today…(the starting quarterback) would be Malik. It ought to be Malik. Malik is the guy…”
However, early-enrollee Jarren Williams has made strong strides in order to be in the conversation. Head Coach Mark Richt has noticed the arm strength of Williams, which is vital due to the use of the long-ball in Richt’s scheme. Williams even surprised Richt, who admitted that “Jarren Williams is a better passer than I thought he was.” Granted, Williams is still a true-Freshman, but Richt seems to value experience more than other factors. With that said, when it comes to player production... experience and win totals don’t exactly forgive completion percentage and interceptions.
If not this year, it seems that Williams has what it takes to be a starter in the coming seasons. Unfortunately, this means that we’ll have to wait longer than necessary in order to see a Canes team led by an elite quarterback.
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