Backup QB Perry sus­pended for sea­son opener

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - College Football - By Christy Cabr­era Chiri­nos and Keven Lerner Staff writ­ers

CORAL GABLES — Dur­ing pre­sea­son camp, Hur­ri­canes coach Mark Richt and quar­ter­backs coach Jon Richt heaped praise on Mi­ami’s young re­serve quar­ter­backs, not­ing that in re­cent months, they’d made progress and were show­ing the kind of ma­tu­rity the Hur­ri­canes needed from them on and off the field.

But one of those quar­ter­backs — red­shirt fresh­man N’Kosi Perry — had a mis­step as the Hur­ri­canes an­nounced Satur­day morn­ing that Perry would not travel to Ar­ling­ton, Texas, for the eighth-ranked Hur­ri­canes’ sea­son opener on Sun­day night (7:30, ABC) against LSU at AT&T Sta­dium. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the school, Perry — a four-star prospect out of Ocala’s Van­guard High — vi­o­lated an undis­closed team rule.

In the state­ment an­nounc­ing Perry’s sus­pen­sion, Richt said he will be el­i­gi­ble for Mi­ami’s home opener next Satur­day against Sa­van­nah State.

“We took some dis­ci­plinary ac­tion with N’Kosi, but he has since re­sponded well and made some pos­i­tive changes,” said Richt. “He is in good stand­ing go­ing for­ward and we look for­ward to see­ing him dress for our home opener and through the rest of the sea­son.”

With Perry’s sus­pen­sion, fel­low red­shirt fresh­man Cade Wel­don — who has been, with Perry, al­ter­nat­ing reps with Mi­ami’s sec­ond-string of­fense — will likely be called on if some­thing were to hap­pen to starter Ma­lik Rosier. Fresh­man Jar­ren Wil­liams, an early en­rollee who ar­rived on cam­pus in Jan­uary, would likely be the third quar­ter­back.

Only Rosier — who started all 13 games for the Hur­ri­canes last sea­son — has any ex­pe­ri­ence in a col­lege game.

Wel­don, the son of former Florida State Al­lAmer­i­can quar­ter­back Casey Wel­don, was a three­star prospect out of Tampa’s Jef­fer­son High af­ter amass­ing 3,135 pass­ing yards and

19 touch­downs as a se­nior. Wil­liams is a four-star prospect out of Cen­tral Gwin­nett High in Georgia, where he com­pleted 61 per­cent of his passes last sea­son and threw for more than

3,000 yards and 28 touch­downs. He was rated the na­tion’s No. 6 dual-threat quar­ter­back by ESPN and the No. 7 dual-threat quar­ter­back by 247sports.com.

Perry earned FHSAA Class 6A Player of the Year hon­ors af­ter throw­ing 24 touch­downs and com­plet­ing 64 per­cent of his passes as a se­nior.

Perry and Wel­don were on the Hur­ri­canes’ scout team last sea­son while red­shirt­ing.

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