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Hurricanes starting quarterback not throwing at practice

Jarren Williams practiced off to the side as quarterbacks went through drills

NCAA Football: Central Michigan at Miami Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Jarren Williams has been the starter for every one of the five Hurricanes games this season, to the delight of many. He had not thrown an interception through four games prior to throwing three last Saturday against Virginia Tech, ultimately opening the floodgates. Miami was facing a four touchdown deficit rather quickly.

He was pulled and N’Kosi Perry, who started six games for the Hurricanes in 2018, was thrown in. Perry went on to throw for a career high 422-yards and came less than 20 yards away from completing one of the biggest comebacks in program history.

And it looks like Perry will be the starter going into the Hurricanes Friday night matchup with the #20 Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium at 8:00 p.m. after Williams was seen working independently off to the side as Perry and quarterback turned wide receiver Tate Martell worked on handoffs and threw to their pass catchers.

After being pulled last game, Williams was taken into the tunnel and his shoulder was reportedly examined.

Manny Diaz and offensive coordinator Dan Enos made it clear Monday during press conferences that Jarren Williams was their guy despite struggling, but he may not be healthy enough go this week. He has been hit as much, if not more, than any quarterback in the country. It’s easy to see how he couldn't possibly be 100 percent at this point of the season.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

If Perry is the guy, he will have reception against a Virginia team that made him look silly in last year’s matchup. He went 3 of 6 passing in Charlottesville with two interceptions before being replaced my Malik Rosier in that game. Miami went on to lose 16-13 and the loss ignited a four-game losing streak.