Three weeks ago, Jarren Williams tore up Louisville for a Miami record six touchdown passes in a dominating 52-27 win for the Hurricanes. If you heard UM fans talk that day, nothing but positivity came out of their mouths when they spoke about Williams, and how he is the quarterback Miami has been waiting for since Ken Dorsey left in 2002.
Jarren Williams has entered the class of Gino, Craig, Vinny, and Ken with his performance today...— Michael (@SFLAanalyst) November 10, 2019
He etched his name into the record books today.
Start thinking in that direction.
And #Miami is best team in the Coastal.
Fast forward two weeks to when Miami played FIU, and there was a different story being told. Williams threw three interceptions and looked pretty awful if we’re honest, as the Canes were upset 30-24 by the upstart Panthers. That night, you would've thought Williams was the worst thing to happen to the UM program since Nevin Shapiro.
Jarren Williams is 5 of 15 for 78 yards and 3 INTs tonight. He threw an ACC-record 6 TDs two weeks ago against Louisville.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) November 24, 2019
Now I know that a lot of people can look at Williams’ performance on Saturday and doubt him, and certainly doubt the future of Miami football with him under center. However, whoever you are, wherever you are, STOP.
Jarren Williams is still Miami's quarterback. He will be next year. And he will be the year after that.— fire someone (@hurricanesmarsh) November 24, 2019
No quarterback is perfect, and you can bet every dollar you have that a redshirt freshman quarterback certainly isn’t perfect. Williams has struggled, and will continue to have moments of struggle. Though, there’s no question in my mind that he remains to be the quarterback of the future for the Hurricanes.
Best throw of the day by Jarren Williams. Put it only where Mike Harley could get it. Also great protection by the line pic.twitter.com/eiyAJUup7R— fire someone (@hurricanesmarsh) November 11, 2019
To me, if you’re riding with Williams when he’s tearing up Florida State and Louisville, then you better be able to ride with him when he has a slump the next week. Plain and simple, that’s how football works. Unless you’re Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers, you’re going to struggle. You can’t come out week in and week out as a college quarterback and expect nothing but greatness.
Even the great Ken Dorsey, the greatest quarterback in the history of Miami football, even he struggled at times. However, he could afford to throw three interceptions against the Gators because the rest of his team was making plays to help them win. In Williams defense, he didn’t get much help from his team against FIU.
Here’s my thing, we’ve seen enough from Williams to be confident in what he can do for the Hurricanes moving forward. Here’s how his season stats read so far: 1,951 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 65.1 completion percentage.
I’d say Jarren Williams threw a decent deep ball today. pic.twitter.com/QYpvFl7eYL— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) November 3, 2019
Prior to this season beginning, if you were to look at those stats and see how Williams was doing, with the games he’s missed, you’d be thrilled that #15 was Miami’s quarterback. Unfortunately for Jarren, all 6 of those interceptions came in the span of two games.
That being said, you take away those three quarters that all those picks came in, and Williams has been tremendous in 2019. There’s a reason why he’s been praised so highly at times this year, he really does that much bright of a future.
Thoughts on Jarren Williams after watching the FSU game:— fire someone (@hurricanesmarsh) November 6, 2019
-He CAN throw the deep ball
-Doing much better not taking too many sacks
-He's an elite talent
-He's the QB for the future for Miami, no questions asked
If you can stick with N’Kosi Perry even after several non-terrific performances, you can stick with Williams, who frankly has shown more than Perry when he’s gotten the chance. Remember, Jarren is only a redshirt freshman, a first year starter who has battled injuries this year. So don’t think that Saturday’s performance is a pure reflection on what the future has in store with him.
He’s definitely not perfect. There are many things that Williams needs to improve on, and he’ll tell you that himself. He needs to make reads better. He needs to make sure one interception doesn’t turn into two more. But trust me when I say, Jarren is the QB for the Hurricanes for the next 1-2 years.