The University of Miami Hurricanes enter their final spring scrimmage on Saturday still searching for someone to emerge at quarterback as junior Malik Rosier and sophomore Evan Shirreffs split first-team duties.
“There is definitely not a leader,” said Thomas Brown, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. ” … Part of it is because of them being able to retain information and knowing what to do and also being able to take command. But it is going to be a long process, like we said from Day 1. I know everybody gets antsy and wants an answer immediately. And I wish I could give you one.”
Brown said Rosier and Shirreffs are learning to be vocal, coming off a year in which “probably in the back of your mind believing I am going to be the backup to Brad (Kaaya). So it is still difficult to really go out and sell out on every single snap.”
Rosier said his most significant improvements have been in shortening his release and getting a better understanding of receivers’ responsibilities.
“Sometimes you’ll see confusion, so you have got to help them out in it,” Rosier said. “And a big thing for me is leading. Just showing the guys that when I am out there that I am the guy, that I can make every play, I can make every throw, make every read.”
Rosier was frank in his assessment of the overall performance of the QBs this spring, saying there have been times passers have unleashed an “amazing ball … and then there’s times to where we just completely busted.”
Which is what Shirreffs is focusing on.
“The main thing for me has been trying to show that I am consistent,” he said. “Everyone is going to have a bad play here and there, but you have to minimize those bad plays and come back the next play and just make up for it.”
In other items Thursday:
- Brown said redshirt junior receiver Darrell Langham has “by far” made the biggest improvement at that position. At tight end, he praised Michael Irvin II.
- Brown said he believes RB Mark Walton is handling inactivity this spring well. Walton this week said he didn’t like being “babied,” but Brown is OK with the situation. “You want guys who want the ball in their hands but also aren’t so selfish and go into panic mode and shut down when they don’t get the football,” Brown said. “And I think he is finding that correct balance.”
- Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said redshirt junior DL Demetrius Jackson has shown “flashes with his potential but there is so much more to it.”