So with Miami’s season opener against LSU less than a week away, it’s very safe to say the quarterback leading The U’s offensive side is going to be Malik Rosier. However, the real question is if Rosier goes down (which we hope doesn’t happen at all), who will be the guy to back him up? Well, Mark Richt may have not answered that question yet, but he’s definitely getting pretty close - N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon are really working hard to the Hurricane’s backup QB.
Monday morning, Richt made an appearance on radio station 560-WQAM according to the Sun Sentinel. While also clarifying his strategies in regards to handling LSU’s quarterback on Sept 2nd, the Canes coach didn’t hesitate when being asked about the current quarterback position. “I’ll narrow it down to Weldon and N’Kosi right now,” Richt tells host Joe Rose, ”Jarren Williams is really making a lot of progress, but he’s a true freshman and I don’t think he’s quite ready for this moment. When his day comes, he’s going to be special. I’ll tell you that. Right now, it would be considered a tight race between Weldon and N’Kosi.“
Coach Richt may be sure about who would be the backup behind Rosier this season, but this doesn’t mean that Williams will be riding the bench all year with no reps. He has stated before that the true freshman would get some play during games, but its pretty fair to say that we will see Williams’ work in games like Savannah State instead of Florida State.
Aside from the injuries some players were plagued with during camp, one of the biggest questions regarding Miami was the prestigious position. Not only did the 2017 season’s backup Evan Sherriffs transferred out in January, but both Weldon and N’Kosi has no college experience and according the reports coming out of camp, both QBs have to find some sort of consistency before even thinking of taking some of Rosier’s starting reps. So far, it seems like they’ve progressed from where they originally were early August but they have to keep up the tempo if they want the No. 2 position.