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N’Kosi Perry set to start Saturday against Georgia Tech

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With Jarren Williams still recovering, Perry gets the nod

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Manny Diaz announced following Wednesdays practice session that N’Kosi Perry would be the starter for the Hurricanes upcoming matchup with the 1-5 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Perry led the Hurricanes to a 17-9 victor over 20th ranked Virginia last Friday night in a primetime matchup that could wind up being a massive turning point in Miami’s season.

The redshirt sophomore that had a career game in a relief effort against Virginia Tech two weeks ago and played well again with a 182-yard, two touchdown performance against one of the top defenses in the country.

Now, with Jarren Williams still nursing a shoulder injury that forced him out of the Virginia Tech game (amongst other things) Perry is set to lead the Hurricanes in consecutive games since starting three in a row between Nov. 10-24 against Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh at the end of the 2018 regular season.

Perry is now 5-2 as a starter and has not yet lost a game that he’s started at Hard Rock Stadium.

And while he’s been good, Perry knows that improving his deep ball accuracy is something that kept the Hurricanes from blowing last Fridays game open and putting it out of reach.

But Perry’s maturation process has allowed him to develop into a quarterback that is unlike the one we saw a year ago. Diaz pinpointed the progression that Perry went through on the deep post to K.J. Osborn, which was his fourth look, as evidence to his growth.

“The old me, I used to get real jittery in the pocket and try and leave early,” Perry said. “You just gotta trust the protection and coach Enos makes sure I don't watch the rush and things like that.”

One interesting note is that Manny Diaz reiterated that Jarren Williams was the starting quarterback of this team, but also credited Dan Enos for taking this team from a place of thinking there wasn't a single quarterback that could win games to having two guys that this staff feels comfortable putting out there and getting a victory for the Hurricanes.

Miami and Georgia Tech is set for a noon kickoff this Saturday Oct. 19 at Hard Rock Stadium