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Can Jarren Williams Win the Starting Job If Tate Martell’s Waiver Isn’t Granted?

N’Kosi Perry has the most game-experience amongst Miami’s quarterbacks — but that doesn’t assure him the starting job.

NCAA Football: Savannah State at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jarren Williams’ lack of experience makes him somewhat of a ‘dark horse’ pick to be Miami’s starting quarterback in 2019. However, with a new offensive coordinator and mentor, everyone is starting from a clean slate.

Dan Enos, Miami’s new offensive coordinator, was in-line to become Alabama’s OC before he was hired away. His hiring marks a bold and eager move by Manny Diaz, as Enos boasts a heavily seasoned resume. During his time at Alabama, Enos coached quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa — both of which are/were Heisman candidates.

In 2018, the Hurricanes were commonly plagued with quarterback drama and poor play. The father-and-son duo of Mark and Jon Richt received much of the blame, with many citing Jon Richt’s inexperience with quarterbacks as the underlying issue. While Enos has yet to implement his system in Coral Gables, his expertise could instantly elevate Miami’s quarterbacks.

Jarren Williams is one candidate for the starting job who could instantly excel. He’s unproven, only seeing action against Savannah State in 2018, but is said to have tremendous arm strength. Scrambling and elusiveness are great abilities to have as a quarterback, but what Miami truly missed in 2018 was a consistent gunslinger.

“He’s a quick learner and he’s got some really good arm talent, I’ll tell you that,” former head coach Mark Richt stated in 2018.

However, Jarren’s candidacy for the starting job relies on whether Tate Martell’s waiver is granted or denied. The waiver, which would allow Martell to play immediately, could have an incredible impact on Miami’s 2019 season. There’s been much speculation on the NCAA’s decision despite them granting Justin Fields’ request. With the NCAA having a famously poor bias towards the Hurricanes, it’s likely that Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry will find themselves pitted against each other for the starting job.