Mark Richt already knows who the starting quarterback will be for Miami and we’re only in February.
The Miami Hurricanes coach is riding with Malik Rosier barring a backup making a drastic leap. Richt issued his vote of confidence in the senior during a 1-on-1 interview with ESPN.
Per College Football Talk, here’s Richt’s defense of Rosier:
“Malik is the starting quarterback, for sure,” Richt said to David Hale of ESPN.com. “Someone’s got to dethrone him. Someone’s got to beat him out if that’s going to happen. It’s not like — to say it’s wide open, every position is wide open because we want a competition at every level. Every player that comes back talks about the greatest competition they had was on the practice field. And I also want to go into this season with a sort of first-year mentality. Let’s go compete. Show us you’re ready to take somebody’s job. But Malik is the starting quarterback, and he’s going to be unless somebody knocks him off the perch.”
Richt lauded Rosier’s play in Miami’s two biggest wins of the season as proof of his potential.
“Was he consistent every game, every series? Probably not, but the guy made some plays that were game-winning plays,” Richt explained in a follow-up question. “The Notre Dame and Virginia Tech games, those were less dramatic than five other games we played. Plays just had to be made.”
Last season, Rosier completed 54.0 percent of his pass attempts, while amassing 3,120 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Under Rosier last season, Miami went 10-3, won the ACC Coastal and reached the Orange Bowl.
If Rosier can minimize his errors, the Hurricanes could be positioned to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff.