Quarterback Carousel Continues After Road Loss

Curtis Stevenson
October 19, 2018 - 5:01 pm

We are just past the midway point of the season and the Hurricanes get a chance to catch their breath with an off week.

It could not come at a better time, as Miami looked out of breath in their last game against Virginia. It was an unexpected blow to Miami's chances of repeating as Coastal Division Champs, but not a knockout one. They must get back up and finish strong. And they will have to do most of their work away from Hard Rock Stadium.

They have 5 games remaining with 3 of those on the road. This is how we find out just how far this group has come since last year. The biggest question following the loss is at the quarterback position. Malik Rosier or N'kosi Perry are your choices and it has turned into a shuffling of the deck now.

Perry seemed to have a stranglehold on the spot being younger and effective against Florida State. He helped aid a second half comeback to be remembered tossing four scores. However after two early interceptions against Virginia he was given the quick hook and replaced by Rosier. He was making his first road start and that should not be ignored. The former starter struggled as well throwing for just 170 yards and an interception. Rosier was able to engineer a late scoring drive in which he had a rushing touchdown. So that now has opened the door for a quarterback controversy, question, and the ultimate "where do they go from here?"

With this week off for Miami, they can regroup and rest before preparing for the home stretch. A decision certainly did not have to be made immediately, but head coach Mark Richt made it anyway.  Malik Rosier will be the starting quarterback against Boston College next Friday night. Coach Richt said "right this minute I think Malik is better equipped from his ability and his experiences to lead this team".  He also made it clear that Perry would see playing time as well in the critical Conference road game. It's always very tricky when a team tries to rotate quarterbacks, but I think this is what is best right now. Ride the hot hand the best you can, and lean on your defense, which is one of the best in the nation right now. I know this decision will not be very popular with the fan base, as most wanted Perry to become the next great UM play caller.

Well, that has not happened, at least not yet. Do not get angry when a young player doesn't get better at the rate you thought he should. Clearly, Perry has some things to work on. Most noticeable is being able to recognize an opponents defensive alignment. When he can master that, then he can be decisive in where the football should go.

Rosier has far more experience and has been in more heated games then Perry, and I'm sure that tipped the scales in giving him the starting nod. This stretch and decision by Richt will certainly define the season, and there is still a lot on the line as the Canes try to get back to an ACC championship. Go Canes!

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