Miami football is 3 1/2 weeks from its season opener, which is a good thing and a bad thing for the four-man quarterback competition.
The Hurricanes will have those 24 days to settle on a starter, with a dozen or so practices remaining. But it also is only 24 days for a battle that Miami offensive coordinator Thomas Brown said still has “a ways to go.”
“I think all four of the guys who are getting reps right now are being pretty consistent and working their butts off,” Brown said per the Palm Beach Post. “There’s still a ways to go in the competition. We’ll see what happens.”
The Hurricanes have junior Malik Rosier and sophomore Evan Shirreffs in the competition, as well as freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon.
Rosier is the lone returner with experience, completing 2 of 4 passes for 32 yards last season. He saw more action in 2015, starting a game at Duke and completing 29 of 57 passes for 338 yards with a pair of touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
As for Perry, Brown had positive things to say about the highly regarded youngster.
“The biggest thing with him and most young quarterbacks are the poise that he has,” Brown said. “Make sure that guys don’t get too frustrated and also don’t get too high. [Don’t] throw a great touchdown pass and linger on for four periods. Move on, whether it’s a good play or a bad play. He’s done a really good job of keeping poised and being consistent for the most part, but there’s still a lot of ways to improve.”
Earlier this week, coach Mark Richt indicated he was looking for accuracy and consistency in his quarterback.
The Hurricanes will have a scrimmage this week, which could see quarterbacks go live — although Brown did not firmly indicate whether that would be the case.
The Hurricanes open the season on Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman.
Correction: Evan Shirreffs’ last name was misspelled in the original post. DieHards regrets the error.