INSIDER: Malik Rosier Shines / ACC Play Starts

Curtis Stevenson
September 29, 2017 - 11:03 am

After a three week layoff it was back to football against the Toledo Rockets. Many in attendance at Hard Rock Stadium were in a bit of a panic after the first thirty minutes.

The Hurricanes limped into halftime trailing 16-10, and needed to respond to a talented opponent looking for the road upset. Well they sure did, lighting up the scoreboard with 42 points in the second half. Quarterback Malik Rosier was on point firing three touchdowns through the air, and running for another score. Rosier also had another one nullified due to a penalty.

I was really impressed by Rosier who was making only his third career start. His ball placement was elite, and he spread the ball to many different pass catchers, which kept Toledo off balance. He has come a long way just since the spring and I think we got a glimpse of what coach Mark Richt saw when he named Rosier the starter. Freshman quarterback N'kosi Perry might be the man in the future, but the future can wait and learn for now, as I am fully comfortable with Malik Rosier leading this offense. I think you can put any qusestion about who the starter should be, to bed.

The Canes finished the afternoon with a 52-30 win sending them to 2-0. It was an offensive explosion that saw running back Mark Walton erupt for 204 yards including an electrifying 82 yard burst in the first half. On defense, Miami shook off some rust and turned in a solid performance, although some breakdowns in the secondary will keep Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz up at night. The turnover chain once again made an appearance, but I would like to see more of it. Give Toledo credit though Miami faced a pro caliber arm with some talented receivers. The Rockets will win a lot of games this year. However, the turnovers will start to pile up when the pass rush improves. That is the next thing I will be looking for as we get into conference play, which oh, by the way, starts tonight.

The Duke Blue Devils are on tap and it will be a test. They are 4-0 and can stop the ground game as well as anyone in college football. They are ranked number two in the country in yards allowed at just under 66 yards per game. While conversely, Miami is just outside the top ten in rushing per game. That is the matchup to watch.

Also keep and eye out for wide receiver Ahhmon Richards who is expected to see his first action of the year, which gives the Canes another big play player to put on the field. Friday night football under the lights and on the road to open ACC play. Should be a good test for the Canes as a trip to Tallahassee is on deck.

Go Canes! -Curtis

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