Malik Rosier: If Miami Hurricanes aren’t ‘dominating the ACC, something’s wrong’

Malik Rosier listens to a question after Miami’s first 2018 spring practice. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

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CORAL GABLES — Malik Rosier was asked if he was “humbled” by Miami’s finish to last season.

That is not the way he’d phrase it.

“It kind of pisses me off the way ended the last three games with losses,” he said. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder about that. I’m not humbled by it, I’m more pissed off and we’ve got a point to prove now.

“We’ve got a lot of guys back, so if we don’t come in and dominate the ACC, something’s wrong.”

During the Hurricanes’ 15 spring practices — the first of which was Tuesday, on a sunny, humid morning at Greentree Practice Fields — Rosier must prove he should enter fall camp as the starting quarterback. Coach Mark Richt wants to see Rosier, a redshirt senior-to-be, throw more accurately and take better command of the huddle. If he can’t satisfy those demands, the door is open for a newcomer like talented redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry to win the job.

Rosier has praise for Perry and others in the mix, but speaks as if the job is his.

“Last year I was kind of like, in the water. I was feeling teams out, I was understanding the offense,” he said. “This year I’ve got a good grasp of it. I’ve got to come out here and lead. I’ve got to show guys that I am the guy. I’ve got to take us to the ACC championship game again and this time, win it.”

Offensive coordinator Thomas Brown believes Rosier has the requisite talent to be Miami’s quarterback.

“If you look at his great plays from last year, he looked like one of the best in college football,” he said. “He can be, when he’s on and hitting his target.”

Brown, unprompted, offered two reasons Rosier didn’t do that at the end of last season.

“He may have been banged-up a little bit because of the amount of carries that he took,” Brown said. “Lack of focus, also. Malik is competitive, but like most guys  he needs competition. He needs guys who can push him consistently.  Now we’ve got a couple guys off a redshirt year. We’ve got a new guy coming in. Hopefully that will add to the competition and make him better.”

* Rosier’s day-one-of-spring impression of Perry?

“The big thing with N’Kosi is he’s very athletic. There were a couple plays where the defense got us. They ran the right coverage for the right play. You see N’Kosi break the pocket and get eight, nine yards, which is exciting. He’s an explosive kid. You finally see him start to understand the offense. Not just doing it right, but understand why he’s doing what he’s doing what he’s doing, which is really nice to see.”

Weldon, Rosier said, “same thing, he had two pulls. The defensive end crashed and he picked up 10 yards.” When throwing, Rosier said, “you see the ball come out of his hand a lot better.”

Williams “ran with the third unit” and is “throwing an accurate ball,” Rosier said. Once he gets into the actual team period, same thing, just relax and play ball.”

* Click here for more detailed thoughts from Rosier (in a story we did last week) on Rosier’s accuracy.

* Rosier said Richt challenged him to take better command of the huddle. “Urgency,” the quarterback called it. “Just getting the guys going. There were a couple times where we called timeout and my energy level wasn’t up, and it affected the guys around me. … Picking the guys up and pushing them to greatness.”