Late on Sunday evening, a report surfaced that former Miami Hurricanes QB Jarren Williams would be transferring to Garden City Community College, a Junior College in Kansas.
This report was independently confirmed according to a source by Manny Navarro of The Athletic.
Williams had a star-crossed 2 year stint at Miami. A U.S. Army All-American out of HS, Williams committed to Miami after decommitting from Kentucky late in his senior year. The 4-star talent was given a chance to compete to play as a true freshman, but ended up redshirting behind senior Malik Rosier and redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry.
Following the 2018 season, rumors swirled that Williams woudl transfer out of Miami in the hopes of finding a school where he could play sooner. With Perry returning and having started multiple games the previous season, it seemed as though Williams was destined to ride the bench.
Things changed for Williams, however, when Miami hired then Alabama Crimson Tide QB coach Dan Enos away to be the Canes’ new OC. Looking to employ a multiple pro-style spread attack, Williams was Enos’s choice to start at QB this season.
At times, Williams was unstoppable. His ability to throw slants off RPO action was incredible, and he showed the full toolbox in a record-setting, 6 TD pass performance against the Louisville Cardinals. But, Williams’s penchant to hold the ball — a BIG NEGATIVE with a porous offensive line — and inconsistent to bad play when teams, even overmatched squads like FIU and Duke, took away his first read led to poor play, bad losses, and Williams eventually being benched in favor of Perry.
After “leading” Miami to being the only FBS team to be shut out in their bowl game, Williams declared his intention to transfer to another school on January 23rd, 2020. This was after former OC Dan Enos was relieved of duties (when the offense looks the way it did last season, that was a necessity) and seemed like the best move for all parties involved.
Since announcing his intention to transfer, Williams has been radio-silent. Neither he nor the University of Miami have commented on the reports of this transfer as of the writing of this piece, but it seems as though this talented player will work to rebuild his career at the JUCO level this fall.
For his time in Miami — really just this past season — Jarren Williams went 169/276 passing (61.2%), for 2187 yards with 19 TDs and 7 INTs. The counting stats are fine, but the quality of his play declined as the sason went on, and the losses the team suffered with him at the helm cannot be overlooked or ignored.
We wish Jarren Williams all the best in his future endeavors, and look forward to seeing him compete at the FBS level again in the 2021 season and beyond.