Tate Martell has been a recurring headline recently, but that doesn’t assure him the starting quarterback job by any means. Jarren Williams, who appeared in just 1 game last season, has been displaying great talent and arm strength through 2 practices.
Hurricane fans all remember the quarterback fiasco that occurred a season ago — but playing Williams in just 1 contest feels like a wasted opportunity. To some, he was a ‘dark-horse’ pick to win the starting job in 2018, but couldn’t separate himself from the pack. His appearance against Savannah State was warranted — as the ‘Canes won the game 77-0. However, there were also opportunities for him to take the field in blow-out wins against North Carolina and Pittsburgh, and even in Miami’s loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Former head coach Mark Richt cited Williams’ limited knowledge of the playbook and lack of readiness as to why he was restricted throughout the season — an understandable reason for not starting — but not a strong rationale as to why he didn’t play in multiple games. With how poorly Miami’s starting quarterbacks performed at some points, there’s no substantial purpose for Williams not being subbed-in. Regardless, it feels like a missed chance for his development.
Of course, the quarterback competition is wide open during this time, but that may be the perfect opportunity for Jarren, as everyone is learning the new playbook. With no bias or previous experience, he could win the starting job solely based on performance.
May the best man win.
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