Miami Hurricanes quarterbacks still need to face the heat

N'Kosi Perry throws as fellow Miami quarterbacks Evan Shirreffs (left) and Malik Rosier (center) wait for their turn. (Miami Herald)

N’Kosi Perry throws as fellow Miami quarterbacks Evan Shirreffs (left) and Malik Rosier (center) wait for their turn. (Miami Herald)

CORAL GABLES — The Dolphins, after Ryan Tannehill‘s injury, are waiting to find out about their quarterback.

Join the club, the Hurricanes might respond.

Miami’s coaches continue to assess and analyze the four contenders for the starting job, but it’s still too early to name a leader. For Thursday’s practice, the third of camp, players wore shoulder pads for the first time. It was exciting for linemen and linebackers, but it produced little more than a few “thuds” between colliding players and extra trash talk afterward.

We still don’t know whether the QBs can handle the heat, unless you’re talking about the 108-degree “feels like” temperature Thursday in Coral Gables.

As such, no Miami coach wants to publicly handicap the race to replace Brad Kaaya.

“I think it’s trying to figure out who’s going to give us the best chance to be successful, from a quarterback standpoint,” said offensive coordinator Thomas Brown, who spoke to reporters for the first time this camp. “You have a couple guys who have different skillsets, who are all different and will obviously somewhat dictate how our offense will be called based on who ends up being the guy. I think it’s a healthy competition right now. I think all those guys are motivated. They’ve all shown great things early.”

On TuesdayMark Richt said he’ll keep redshirt junior Malik Rosier and redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs as first-teamers “for a good bit,” given their year of experience in Richt’s system. True freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon are still trying to catch up, even as Miami installs its offense at a slower-than-usual pace. On Day 1, Richt said Perry knew about “50 percent” of his duties, but expected he will catch up.

Brown will be more encouraged about the group when he sees them handle full-contact play, against a defense expected to be among the ACC’s best. Richt hasn’t confirmed he’ll let quarterbacks take hits during UM’s three camp scrimmages — the first of which is next Saturday — but it would not be a surprise if he did.

Shirreffs and Rosier had a great deal of live work in the spring, and Weldon, who enrolled in January, got into the mix. Also, Jack Allison, a redshirt freshman, was injured his shoulder during a full-contact spring scrimmage and fell behind the others. He later transferred to West Virginia.

One of Perry’s talents, as displayed in games at Ocala-Vanguard High, is avoiding the rush. The true freshman, who arrived in May, has impressed with his arm and shiftiness in summer drills. However, he “has yet to face the bullet when a Manny Diaz defense gears up and they come at him full-speed,” Brown said. “But so far I think it’s been good.”

Will Perry know what hit him when that rush comes?

“We’ll find out,” Brown said. “Most people don’t.”

CANES CAMP 2017

Day 3
QBs still need to face the heat
Practice notes: Newcomers in the return game
Miami ranked 18th in the coaches’ poll

Day 2
Porter’s video recap, live chat
Diaz goes in-depth on 2017 defense
Video: Miami D has reason to be confident
Practice notes and thoughts

Day 1
Porter’s video recap, live chat
Perry ‘a passer, not just a thrower’

Injury updates: Burns could miss opener
Video: Perry runs through first drills
Day 1 practice notes: Perry batting third
Photos, videos: Practice footage, field under construction 
10 big storylines, how to follow camp

In-depth position previews
QB | RB | WR | TE | OL
DL | LB | DB | ST

Offseason features, news
A sit-down with Richt, Parts I-IV
Miami gearing up for QB battle
Perry learning, adjusting, impressing
UM’s offense will depend on Walton
Quarterman leading Miami’s defense
LBs motivated by UM’s ‘ghosts of greatness’
Richards hoping to be All-American
Berrios tired of hype
‘The Playmaker’ high on Richards
Winston: Perry’s going to be ‘really good’
Cager angling for a comeback
Richt on swag | Says ‘The U is back’
Richt has really strong sandwich takes
Willis takes leave | Gone: Mayes | Odogwu | Haskins

Depth analysis
Strongest areas | Weakest areas | Scholarship count

Recruiting
Meet the 2017 signing class
2018 UM commits at The Opening
Lorenzo Lingard interview
Recent ’18 commits: Blades | Campbell | Baxa
Links to latest Miami recruiting stories

Other fun stuff
CanesFest set for Aug. 12
Analyzing the 2017 schedule
The Guide to Watching Miami Football
A visual history of Miami football stadiums
Exclusive look at UM’s new alternate jerseys
UM jersey numbers have meaning
The Glossary of Canes player nicknames
Thomas produces music for DJ Khaled
Fun facts from the 2017 media guide
Projecting Miami’s 2018 draft class
Miami’s over-under: 9 wins
UM picked to win the Coastal
Porter’s preseason All-ACC ballot, predictions

 

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