QBs Rosier, Perry still shuffling
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),
(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
freshman Beach Atlantic).
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.