‘He’s really got a cannon’: Miami Hurricanes WR on QB N’Kosi Perry, newcomers at WR, CB

N'Kosi Perry (247)
N’Kosi Perry (247)

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A few extra thoughts from Braxton Berrios, who opined on Miami’s Coastal Division chances in a Thursday interview with WQAM:

Host Joe Rose didn’t waste any time, opening the segment with a question about N’Kosi Perry, “the name that everybody talks about,” Rose said. “How’s he look so far?” Berrios apparently likes what he sees:

“He looks really good,” Berrios said. “I think he’s impressed a lot of people so far. He has a heck of an arm.”

Rose: “He does, huh?”

Berrios: “He’s really got a cannon. It’s one thing to see it on film. It’s another to see it in person, to be honest. He’s come in and he’s starting to understand the playbook. That’s going to be the main thing. Can he understand the playbook, and can he read college defenses and make the right decision?”

Rose, easing into the topic of the quarterback race, asked how Berrios handles questions about said race, assuming the senior wideout is close with all the contenders:

“We have a good amount of quarterbacks, a good amount that have a chance to play,” Berrios said. “My normal response is: to be honest, I don’t care who starts. I want the best person to start. The best person for the job, the best person for this team to start. At the end of that day, that’s what’s going to matter. I’m friends with all of them, I’m not biased, and I don’t care.

“As far as getting used to them all, that’s the hard part. Ever since I’ve been here, for the most part, we’ve had one guy, and we knew who that guy was. You get in a rhythm throughout the summer, spring even … now we’re coming into camp with three or four guys who could be the guy. It’s going to be a little different with their cadences, how they throw, how hard they throw and all the timing. That’s the main disadvantage of having so many guys who can be it.

“I want somebody to step up and be the leader and be our guy. I hope we don’t have to go through two, you know, three quarterbacks throughout the season. I want one guy, and I want him to be our ride-or-die.”

[Related: No slam-dunk candidate in Miami’s QB race]

Berrios, the only senior in Miami’s receiving corps, is plenty fast and coach Mark Richt recently called him “the best route-runner we’ve got, bar none.” But UM no doubt upgraded its speed by adding freshmen Jeff Thomas and Mike Harley. Berrios was complimentary of both.

“I think they can be really special,” he said. “It’s a matter of learning the playbook, which they’ve done so far.” Quarterback Evan Shirreffs recently called both newcomers “real smooth.” Berrios cautioned that “nobody’s seen these two young guys play at the collegiate level yet,” and Miami has other talented options. “[Junior Lawrence] Cager‘s finally coming back” off a knee injury, he noted: “That’s another one to keep an eye on.” Like many, he feels sophmore Ahmmon Richards could have another outstanding season.

[Related: Richards trying to prove he’s among nation’s best]

His take on summer arrivals Jhavonte Dean and Dee Delaney, who could start as Miami’s outside cornerbacks?

“Dean, he can cover ground,” Berrios said. “He is a long, lanky cornerback. He has great speed. I think we’re very excited about him, and Dee Delaney as well. We know what he’s done at his previous school. I think it’s going to translate directly to [FBS]. He’s big. He’s a very big, strong corner. He can run as well. He has good technique, and it’s only going to get better with [cornerbacks coach Mike] Rumph.”

Every comment from Berrios wasn’t glowing. When asked a softball question about how hard the team is working, he paused.

“I think we’re getting there. I think we’re not there as a team yet,” he said. “A lot of guys are that way. … Not everybody, but the majority.”


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