QBs Rosier, Perry still shuf­fling

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - SPORTS SUNDAY - By Christy Cabr­era Chiri­nos South Florida Sun Sentinel ccabr­era@sun-sentinel.com; On Twit­ter @ChristyChiri­nos.

Al­ready the once this sea­son, move has worked.

A lit­tle more than a month ago, Mi­ami Hur­ri­canes coach Mark Richt gave red­shirt se­nior quar­ter­back Ma­lik Rosier the start against FIU, then brought red­shirt fresh­man N’Kosi Perry in on the team’s third of­fen­sive se­ries.

Perry went on to com­plete his first 10 passes that night and lead the Hur­ri­canes to two quick touch­down drives.

So with Mi­ami’s of­fense strug­gling and in need of a spark, maybe Richt fig­ured why not try the same strat­egy against Duke?

The coach, who hinted this week Perry would likely play against the Blue Devils, inserted Perry in on Mi­ami’s third of­fen­sive se­ries Satur­day night, but at least early on, the re­sults — and con­di­tions — were much dif­fer­ent.

With the Hur­ri­canes down, 7-0, and deep in their own ter­ri­tory dur­ing a driv­ing rain­storm, Perry wasn’t given much room to work on his first se­ries, start­ing his first drive against the Blue Devils on the Hur­ri­canes’ own 8-yard line.

On that first se­ries, Perry did con­nect on his first pass — which went for a neg­a­tive four yards to DeeJay Dal­las.

Perry played two se­ries be­fore Richt went back to Rosier, who upon his re­turn to the game, handed the ball to Dal­las for what turned out to be an 83-yard touch­down run, the Hur­ri­canes’ first score of the night.

Richt’s man­age­ment of the Hur­ri­canes’ quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion has been a the source of con­ster­na­tion among frus­trated Mi­ami fans, who have long been cry­ing for Perry to be given more op­por­tu­ni­ties to play as Rosier has strug­gled with his ac­cu­racy.

En­ter­ing Satur­day’s game, Rosier had com­pleted 52 per­cent of his passes for 931 yards with six touch­downs, while Perry had com­pleted 56 per­cent of his passes for 666 yards and 11 touch­downs.

Late UM game

Satur­day’s Mi­ami vs. Duke game was not com­pleted in time for this edi­tion. Read the late game story in our eed­i­tion at Or­lan­doSen­tinel.com/late or on our web­site. Richards has high school num­ber re­tired: For­mer Hur­ri­canes re­ceiver

who saw his foot­ball ca­reer end ear­lier this sea­son af­ter he sus­tained a neck in­jury, had his num­ber re­tired Fri­day night by his high school alma mater, Welling­ton High.

Richards was a four-star prospect and U.S. Army Al­lAmer­i­can com­ing out of Welling­ton where he to­taled 2,722 yards and 39

touch­downs on 144 in three years.

Richards, whose ca­reer at Mi­ami was marred by var­i­ous in­juries be­fore his ca­reer ended, played in 22 games as a Hur­ri­cane, fin­ish­ing with 74 catches for 1,382 yards and six touch­downs. He was named a Fresh­man All-Amer­i­can and sec­ond-team All-ACC hon­oree in 2016 af­ter his 934 re­ceiv­ing yards in 2016 broke Michael Irvin’s fresh­man

catches school record.

Hur­ri­canes honor Hall of Famers: Dur­ing Satur­day’s home­com­ing came, Mi­ami hon­ored sev­eral of its past greats, in­clud­ing the new­est mem­bers of the UM Sports Hall of Fame.

The 2019 class, which will be for­mally in­ducted next spring, in­cludes for­mer Hur­ri­canes foot­ball play­ers

and Also set to be in­ducted are for­mer Hur­ri­canes base­ball player men’s player track bas­ket­ball field ath­lete and Collins and Dr. Krawec, the first rower se­lected for Fame in­duc­tion. Jenny for­mer Hall of

Wel­come Duke coach like many coaches across the coun­try, has come to South Florida look­ing for tal­ent to help fill out his ros­ter and Satur­day’s game at Hard Rock Sta­dium was a home­com­ing of sorts for sev­eral for­mer Mi­ami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County foot­ball stand­outs.

Among the Duke play­ers who hail from South Florida are red­shirt se­nior de­fen­sive tackle (Amer­i­can Her­itage-Plan­ta­tion),

home: back

(Gul­liver Prep), red­shirt se­nior wide re­ceiver (Car­di­nal Gibbons), ju­nior de­fen­sive end (Mi­ra­mar se­nior run­ning fresh­man run­ning

High), red­shirt back

(Mi­ami Co­ral Reef ), line­backer

(St. Thomas Aquinas), red­shirt se­nior re­ceiver (Uni­ver­sity School) sopho­more safety

(Del­ray and

fresh­man Beach At­lantic).

WILFREDO LEE/AP

Mi­ami quar­ter­backs Ma­lik Rosier and N'Kosi Perry, seen here at a prac­tice ear­lier this sea­son, both saw ac­tion early in the Hur­ri­canes' game against Duke.

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