Sometimes, the best opportunities can appear from nowhere as long as one is patient, focused, and works on their craft to perfection. This idea can be applied to the current story of N’Kosi Perry, the true freshman quarterback for the Hurricanes who is currently in a battle with Malik Rosier for the starting position in 2018. Raking in at 185 lbs with both a rocket arm and quick feet, it’s very obvious that this former recruit from Ocala, FL is going to, at the very least, be a critical contributor to The U as QB. The question now is when will he step on the field as a starter.
Two years before N’Kosi signed his letter of intent, this young quarterback was already a stud in his hometown. As the starting QB for Vanguard, Perry demonstrated an arm very similar to Jacory Harris in his prime but also had the speed to weave through a defense if his receivers were locked down. At the end of his high school career, Perry built a hefty portfolio with 5,127 total passing yards, 64 passing touchdowns and an average of 183.1 yards a game. His numbers alone are impressive, but when you see his highlight tapes, you could see that he can make a play out of almost nothing. Along with years of at the high school level, Perry managed to turn heads once he attended Mark Richt‘s 7-On-7 tournaments on campus.
The Hurricanes 2017 season was not Perry’s time to shine, but it was a foreshadowing of what was to come in the offseason. No disrespect, the Hurricane’s starting QB Malik Rosier Jr helped rekindle the soul of 80’s and early 00’s Hurricanes with a hot streak including a total of 31 touchdowns (26 passing, 5 rushing), 3,120 pass yards, and helped the Canes become bowl-eligible with a 10-2 record. Unfortunately, Rosier lacked consistency late in the season, and what could have been a national championship run wound up a disappointing ending at the Orange Bowl.
Though Rosier is still being considered as a starter its no longer a guarantee and N’Kosi Perry is aware of this. Not only did he prove his worth as a backup to Rosier during the Spring Game in April, but teammates opened up about how he’s been more assertive as a leader. Let’s also note that he earned some cool points for paying tribute to Canes DB Malek Young, who had to end his career due to a sever neck injury. Spring may be over, and the possibilities of Perry starting is becoming more of a reality. However, training camp is coming quickly, and N’Kosi has to be able to out perform both Rosier and freshman QB Jarren Williams in order to get the top spot. Sure, it may be a challenge, but the QB who does manage to win this position can possibly make the run to at least a bowl game with the talent returning on the offensive side.