Yes, Malik Rosier, you really are the Miami Hurricanes’ starting QB

Malik Rosier meets with the media for the first time after being named UM starting quarterback. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

[Practice notes: WR Richards remains out]

[Video: Recap Wednesday’s live Canes chat]

[UM looking for RB, LB, TE depth]

CORAL GABLES — The quarterback competition at the University of Miami went on for so long that even when it was over, it took time to believe it.

So when the Hurricanes stepped onto the practice field for the first time since Malik Rosier was named the starter, Rosier popped a question to quarterbacks coach Jon Richt that everyone could look back on and laugh about.

“Coach, what’s the rotation for quarterbacks?” Rosier recalled Wednesday.

“He was like, ‘Malik, you’re with the 1s.’ I was like, ‘Oh, OK.’ ”

Rosier had been notified he’s No. 1 earlier Tuesday when head coach Mark Richt informed each candidate individually of his decision.

Following Wednesday morning’s practice, Rosier said he still hadn’t had a moment to process the news.

“We’ve been going to class, so I’ve been busy,” Rosier said. “As soon as I got home, I ate and literally crashed, I was so exhausted from practice. So I haven’t really got the chance to sit down and be like, ‘Wow, I’m actually the starting quarterback for the University of Miami.’

“But it’ll probably come sometime today. I’ve got a little freer day today, so I’ll probably relax and talk to my mom about it, so it’ll be nice.”

Rosier beat out Evan Shirreffs, Cade Weldon and N’Kosi Perry for the job.

“The first person who told me congratulations was Evan Shirreffs, which means so much to me,” Rosier said.

Rosier also received congratulations from key figures in Hurricanes history, including the QB he’s succeeding, Brad Kaaya, plus Gino Torretta and Edgerrin James.

The magnitude of the task at hand isn’t lost on Rosier. His reward for winning the job is justifying his name being next to Jim Kelly’s. Steve Walsh’s. Vinny Testaverde’s. Bernie Kosar’s. The list seems endless.

Quarterback U, and now it’s up to U, Malik.

“It’s just huge to follow up this legacy of great quarterbacks,” Rosier said.

Mark Richt took his time naming a starter in part because to have a look at incoming freshman Perry. Ultimately, Richt decided that although Perry is a promising athlete, he needs time.

Meanwhile, there was Rosier, the redshirt junior who appeared in six games last season, primarily in reserve.

“For me and even the coaches, they just want to see consistency,” Rosier said. “They didn’t want to see me play one way one week and then another week play another way. I think that was the biggest thing for them, is just to see whichever quarterback they want to put in, to consistently grow and consistently get better and I think that’s one thing that I’ve proved throughout these last three weeks.”

Offensive coordinator Thomas Brown said that consistency was stressed when the staff met to choose the starter. Brown cited ball security by Rosier, who in the past had been labeled a gunslinger. And Brown likes what he sees in Rosier’s leadership.

“I think the guys respond to him well,” Brown said. “I think he has a great personality. I think he speaks up and is vocal in the huddle and the guys respond to him well.”

Linebacker Shaq Quarterman said he was happy for Rosier — but also happy for the team to finally have the burning question answered.

“I was happy to have a verdict, a quarterback named for the roster,” Quarterman said.

Added offensive lineman Tyree St. Louis: “We finally have somebody settling in.”

[Q&A on how Mark Richt reached his decision]

[Richt doesn’t expect QB transfers]

[Practice notes: WR Richards remains out]

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