Still some room for im­prove­ment

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“Some­times we look at it to con­firm whether we have it or not and some­times we don’t con­firm whether we have it and we miss it, if you will.”

All this, of course, is nit­pick­ing on the finer de­tails for a red­shirt fresh­man who is still in his first year as a starter and missed sig­nif­i­cant time in the mid­dle of the sea­son.

“The guy is still young, in a way,” coach Manny Diaz said. “[It comes with] the more times you see all these pass con­cepts, the more times you get the reads of what’s go­ing on down the field.

“No quar­ter­back is ever go­ing to play per­fect. More than any­thing, it’s still just to fit in the of­fense, like he didn’t set out two weeks ago to throw six touch­downs. He just set out to play well and or­ches­trate the of­fense and do with the plays that were called.”

But in or­der to get to this point, Wil­liams has made strides in his pocket pres­ence and keep­ing his eyes down­field, away from the pass rush — is­sues that arose in the opener against Florida — and his lower­body me­chan­ics that al­lowed him to get bet­ter arm strength on his deep throws.

“I do think one of the big­gest im­prove­ments he’s made has been in his fun­da­men­tals and his tech­nique, as far as his drops, his pocket pos­ture, his bring­ing his hips through on the throws,” Enos said. “We were just com­ment­ing [Mon­day] morn­ing be­cause we prac­ticed [Sun­day] night, just watch­ing him func­tion in the pocket is like night and day from where we were in the spring and even dur­ing camp.”

Diaz is hope­ful Wil­liams will con­tinue to evolve as a leader.

“As long as he keeps that men­tal­ity, how to deal with some ad­ver­sity, how to deal with suc­cess — and we kind of went through that as a team and with Jar­ren in­di­vid­u­ally,” Diaz said. “That’s what I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing as a team and as we see Jar­ren con­tinue to evolve as being able to han­dle the po­si­tion of being the Mi­ami quar­ter­back through good times and bad times.”


Mi­ami quar­ter­back Jar­ren Wil­liams threw a school-record six touchdown passes against Louisville on Nov. 9.

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