2018 Miami Hurricanes Camp Preview: Anybody ready to push Malik Rosier for starting quarterback job?

The Hurricanes are back on Greentree on Saturday for the start of camp. This week, we will take a look at the biggest questions surrounding the Hurricanes entering the first day of practice. Today we begin our series with this question: Are any of the underclassman quarterbacks ready to push Malik Rosier for the starting job?

N’Kosi Perry (left) is entering his redshirt freshman season. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

The Hurricanes’ starting quarterback for the season opener looks to be set — Malik Rosier. But it’s what’s behind him on the quarterback depth chart that has created excitement surrounding the position entering fall camp.

While Rosier will very likely be the starter when Miami opens the season against LSU on Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas, the added depth at the position is the only reason there’s even a slight sense of uncertainty. The quarterbacks behind Rosier are redshirt freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon, and true freshman Jarren Williams. Continue reading “2018 Miami Hurricanes Camp Preview: Anybody ready to push Malik Rosier for starting quarterback job?”

How did Paradise Camp weekend go for the Hurricanes? A look at each commitment Miami received, plus other tidbits

The Hurricanes held Paradise Camp this past weekend at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. (Photo from Steve Gorten)

What kind of weekend did the Hurricanes football program have? A productive one.

Miami hosted its third annual Paradise Camp, and it was a big success. About 200 high school football players took part in the two-day event held at the Coral Gables campus, which featured a pool party/cookout Friday and actual football drills on Saturday night. Continue reading “How did Paradise Camp weekend go for the Hurricanes? A look at each commitment Miami received, plus other tidbits”

Hurricanes defense well-represented on 2018 preseason All-ACC team. Hurricanes offense? Not so much

Miami’s Jaquan Johnson answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The preseason love for the Hurricanes continues … on defense.

The 148 media members who voted at last week’s ACC Kickoff named three Miami players as All-ACC selections entering the 2018 season. Cornerback Michael Jackson, safety Jaquan Johnson and linebacker Shaquille Quarterman were named to the first team. Continue reading “Hurricanes defense well-represented on 2018 preseason All-ACC team. Hurricanes offense? Not so much”

Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal, but not ACC championship

Miami head coach Mark Richt answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

If the media ends up being right, the Hurricanes’ upcoming season will play out like last year’s did.

Miami was picked to finish atop the ACC’s Coastal Division for the second consecutive season with 122 of the 148 possible first-place votes, well ahead of second-place Virginia Tech’s 16 votes. Credentialed media cast votes at last week’s ACC media days in Charlotte, N.C. Continue reading “Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal, but not ACC championship”

A look at how the new redshirt rule will impact Hurricanes freshmen, and other stuff to know from ACC media days

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Like most college football coaches around the country, Mark Richt is a big fan of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule.

The Division I council recently approved a proposal that will allow student-athletes to participate in up to four games without burning their redshirt for the season, and the rule will go into effect immediately. Previously, a player was ineligible for a redshirt season as soon as they played a down unless a medical issue arose. Continue reading “A look at how the new redshirt rule will impact Hurricanes freshmen, and other stuff to know from ACC media days”

Miami’s Ahmmon Richards finally feels healthy, and he’s ready to make sure everybody knows it

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ahmmon Richards is finally healthy. And the junior wide receiver is making sure everybody knows it, including his teammates.

“Ahmmon? He’s blazing fast, he’s making cuts, juke moves all over the place on 7-on-7,” Hurricanes safety Jaquan Johnson said Wednesday at ACC Kickoff. “He’s feeling like himself. He’s going at it with Shaq Quarterman. When you’re talking to the middle linebacker on our team, that’s how he’s feeling right now.” Continue reading “Miami’s Ahmmon Richards finally feels healthy, and he’s ready to make sure everybody knows it”

Here’s what Hurricanes coach Mark Richt had to say at 2018 ACC Kickoff

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — We’ll have more from Mark Richt (and the Hurricanes’ player representatives, Ahmmon Richards and Jaquan Johnson) over the next few days, but here’s the transcript of the press conference Richt conducted in the main ballroom Wednesday afternoon at the annual ACC Kickoff. Continue reading “Here’s what Hurricanes coach Mark Richt had to say at 2018 ACC Kickoff”

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt on quarterback situation: ‘Malik is the starter’

Malik Rosier #12 of the Miami Hurricanes looks on before the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After spending the spring insisting the quarterback race had not been decided yet, coach Mark Richt arrived to the ACC’s annual kickoff event and made it clear that redshirt senior Malik Rosier is the starter. Continue reading “Hurricanes coach Mark Richt on quarterback situation: ‘Malik is the starter’”

Mark Richt nearly giddy about promise of Miami’s incoming freshmen

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt is ecstatic about the potential of wide receiver Mark Pope and many more of Miami’s incoming freshmen. (Youtube)

Mark Richt can’t stop the notifications from popping up on his phone.

“Seven more days,” pings one message.

“Five more days,” comes the next, a couple days later.

They’re not reminders from his offseason calendar, but text messages from his freshmen. They’re telling him they can’t wait for this weekend, when, according to a UM spokesman, the remainder of Miami’s yet-to-enroll freshmen are expected to report to campus.

Expected to arrive on campus: running back Camron Davis, fullback Realus George, wide receivers Mark Pope and Marquez Ezzard, tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory, offensive guard Cleveland Reed, defensive tackles Nesta Silvera and Jordan Miller, linebacker Patrick Joyner, cornerbacks Nigel Bethel and Al Blades Jr. and kicker Bubba Baxa.

Miami’s coach has never been the giddy sort. But Richt, speaking by phone on Wednesday, was more than a little eager about the potential of Pope, a five-star prospect according to Rivals, of Jordan, the No. 1-ranked prep tight end in the country, and of others.

“We’re going to look a lot different,” said Richt, who is 19-7 in two seasons at UM. “We’re going to have a lot more depth than we had a year ago. We had some good ballplayers offensively, but there wasn’t a lot of depth in some spots. By the end of the year we were kind of limping a little bit.”

A surprise November setback at Pittsburgh spoiled Miami’s 10-0 start. Losses in the ACC title game – 38-3 to Clemson – and the Orange Bowl – 34-24 to Wisconsin – further exposed the Hurricanes’ issues on offense, the area in which Richt specializes. By the end of the year, he was calling plays without his top receiver (Ahmmon Richards), tight end (Chris Herndon) and running back (Mark Walton), all felled by leg injuries. Miami also lacked a fullback, which left Richt unable to call some of the power plays he ran effectively during his Georgia days.

“If Realus George is who I think he is – that’s a big-time, legit fullback – that changes your ability to run a two-back offense and short-yardage and goal-line looks a lot different,” Richt said. “You’ve got these two tight ends coming in (Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory). If they’re who we think they are, all of a sudden we can run possibly a little bit of 12 personnel like we did with (David) Njoku and (Chris) Herndon (in 2016).

“I’m excited about it for sure. We’re going to have a little bit more diversity in our personnel groupings, and have enough guys that can make plays. You can play a bunch of guys and keep them fresh. It’s going to make a difference on how hard you can play on any given down. You can tell them, play hard. If you get tired a little bit, we’ll throw another guy in there for a little while and he’ll go hard. You’ll get back in there in a minute, so be ready. I’m all for playing a bunch of guys – more than we did in the past, I can tell you that.”

Richt has a vision for the 2018 team, more than four months before the Canes open the year Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas, against LSU.

“I think we’ll have a bunch of guys that will embrace that we have multiple guys that can get it done,” he said, “and just be excited about everybody’s success — together, instead of ‘I’m trying to guard my playing time.’ I think we’ll have a good morale that way.”

Miami Hurricanes’ Mark Richt: Jim Kelly deserves our prayers now

Jim Kelly (left) and Dan Marino, two members of the famed quarterback class of 1983, share happier times at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis last month. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Fanatics)

BOCA RATON — There was a time decades ago that Mark Richt and Jim Kelly were competing with one another, both hoping to win the starting quarterback job at the University of Miami.

Today, there can be no mistaking that Richt is solidly on the same side as Kelly, who last week revealed his oral cancer had returned.

“He’s been an inspiration to me in how he’s handled everything,” Richt, the University of Miami football coach, said of Kelly, 58. “He doesn’t ask for pity, but he does ask for prayers, because he knows (the power of faith). That’s what’s most important right now.”

Richt discussed Kelly’s health to reporters following his keynote speech for the YMCA of South Palm Beach County’s 16th annual Inspiration Breakfast at the Office Depot Global Headquarters.

During his speech, Richt said that in his younger days, he referred to Kelly as “Lucky Jim” for having won the starting job at UM. The nickname became a joke, of course, because Kelly went on to become a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.

“In my story, he’s Lucky Jim, but he hasn’t had a lot of luck with what’s happening with his cancer and even the things that happened with his young child, Hunter,” Richt said, referring to Kelly’s son, who died of Krabbe disease, a degenerative disorder, at age 8 in 2005. “But part of my talk was about faith and Jim’s faith is very strong. (Wife) Jill’s faith is very strong and they truly trust God with this thing.”

Richt added, “When you know where you’re going and you know who you belong to, you can have peace in the toughest times and I don’t think Jim would mind me mentioning that.”

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