When Brad Kaaya was at the helm for the ‘Canes, not many doubted his ability to throw the ball. Instead, complaints were voiced over how immobile he was, and how much ‘better’ the Miami offense could be with a dual-threat quarterback. It seemed that fans and coaches got what they wanted in 2017 with the rise of Malik Rosier. Rosier made some impressive and clutch throws in 2017, but they proved to be ‘way’ too far in between in 2018. One thing Malik could do consistently though, was run the ball. The quarterback-draw and read-option were his strong points, with him having a great ability to break into the defense’s second-level when the correct read was made. N’Kosi Perry, similar to Malik Rosier, began his starting tenure looking like Miami’s next, solid leader before inconsistency began to show.
The 2018 quarterback debacle is thankfully behind us, and it seems that Miami finally has a solid gunslinger under center.
Through 3 contests, Williams has completed 73.1% of his passes for 777 yards, 6 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Due to the offensive line’s struggles, however, his rushing stats are listed as 25 attempts for -40 yards — 14 of those ‘attempts’ being sacks. Williams has shown his ability to run when necessary though — he’s not a ‘burner’ by any means, but his ability to escape the pocket puts him in an exclusive bracket above other Miami pocket-passers.
While 2018’s quarterback fiasco was occuring, some wondered what ‘type’ of quarterback Miami needed. Ultimately, it was somewhat of a combination between Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier. Specifically, Kaaya’s throwing accuracy and Rosier’s running ability. That combination was thought to give Miami the best of both ‘worlds,’ and the best chance of winning. Thankfully, it seems to be the key that Jarren Williams holds.
In conclusion, Williams has faced major adversity in his young career at Miami, and has been forced to mature quickly. His stats prove that he’s up to the task though, and he’s doing far-more than what was expected of him. Hopefully, he can continue this ‘hot streak’ and lead the ‘Canes offense to some high-scoring affairs.