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Miami Freshman Profile: Malik Rosier

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Freshman Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's newcomers for 2014. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

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Malik Rosier

QB - 6'2 205 - Mobile, Al (Faith Academy)

Consensus 3 star prospect across the board and ESPN's 45th ranked dual threat QB in the country.

Rosier picked UM over schools like Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech and Auburn, who all showed interest.

He also projects as a Division I outfielder and has expressed a desire to play for the 'Canes baseball team.

But back to the gridiron.  Rosier is an excellent athlete (4.6 40 range) with good size and natural running instincts. In the pocket he stands tall and displays well above average arm strength and pretty decent accuracy as well.

However, if you watch his highlights,  you can see he is a little bit raw as a passer. His footwork could use some improvement and he relies quite a bit on that rocket arm.

Most are prognosticating that early on he could be a read option QB, and perhaps a position change could even occur down the line.

Chances He Redshirts (1-10)   - 7

As part of this series we will evaluate if the given newcomer stands a chance to sit out his first season to retain eligibility.

If UM's QB situation was more certain, and/or Ryan Williams health was not a concern, I'd bet the farm Rosier redshirts. But given the current situation, a more unconventional approach may be in the cards. There is a decent chance Rosier comes in on occasion just as a read option QB. The way he runs it could potentially be a very nice spark  if the offense needs one. On the other hand, if he is going to compete with the likes of Brad Kaaya down the line for the starting spot, he will need as much coaching and development as he can get.

Summary: Rosier is a very nice athlete.   And from all we have read and heard a bout him, he is also a tireless worker. So while his role on this team is yet to be determined, he is a nice player to have around to develop. With his athletic ability and strong arm, he could even push for a starting QB job at some point during his stay in Coral Gables.

Stay tuned for more Freshman profiles as we count down to Louisville on Labor Day.