It’s well known that Miami was plagued with inconsistent quarterback play in 2018, but their situation has quickly improved.
Earlier this month, former-Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced that he was transferring to Miami — reuniting with fellow Bishop Gorman graduates Brevin Jordan and Bubba Bolden. Earlier this week, Miami also added Peyton Matocha, their first quarterback commit in the 2019 recruiting class.
Tate Martell may be Miami’s highest-profile quarterback, but the competition for the starting job will be intense.
N’Kosi Perry, Miami’s most experienced quarterback, built a substantial highlight reel in 2018 but faltered towards the end of the season. Mark and Jon Richt receive much of the blame for Perry’s regression, but a new coordinator and mentor could help him get back on track. Nonetheless, his experience may give him an early advantage in the race despite the new playbook.
The ‘Canes have another talented quarterback on their hands in Jarren Williams — although he hasn’t seen much action in Miami. Only making an appearance against Savannah State in 2018, Williams considered transferring from the program in late December. Despite his prior discomfort at Miami, Williams has recently welcomed the arrival of Martell, embracing the competition that will ensue throughout the offseason.
Cade Weldon, a possible but unlikely candidate, will also be involved in the quarterback race. Similar to Williams, Weldon significantly improved during 2017’s offseason but saw minimal action in 2018. Attempting just 3 passes, Weldon is assumed to be a ‘depth’ quarterback — but he shouldn’t be ruled out.
Miami’s newest addition, Peyton Matocha, is a 3-star quarterback (247) and will most likely redshirt barring rapid development. Of course, he has a chance at the starting job just like Miami’s other quarterbacks. However, his current duty is to fill a much-needed spot in Miami’s 2019 recruiting class.
Ultimately, Miami’s new staff has quickly succeeded in upgrading the roster, and we hope that the competition for the starting job will bring out the best of each candidate. There may be more names added to the list of possible starters too, as the ‘Canes are red-hot in the transfer portal.
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