QBs Rosier, Perry still shuf­fling

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Sports - By Christy Cabr­era Chiri­nos South Florida Sun Sen­tinel ccabr­[email protected]­tinel.com; On Twit­ter @ChristyChiri­nos.

MI­AMI GAR­DENS — Al­ready once this sea­son, the 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.

Richards has high school num­ber re­tired: For­mer Hur­ri­canes re­ceiver Ah­m­mon Richards, 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 All-Amer­i­can com­ing out of Welling­ton where he to­taled 2,722 yards and

39 touch­downs on 144 catches 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 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 Vince Wil­fork, An­trel Rolle, Scott Nicolas and Stephen McGuire. Also set to be in­ducted are for­mer Hur­ri­canes baseball player Ce­sar Car­rillo, men’s bas­ket­ball player Con­stantin Popa, track and field ath­lete Tabia Charles Collins and Dr. Jenny Krawec, the first for­mer rower se­lected for Hall of Fame in­duc­tion.

Wel­come home: Duke coach David Cut­cliffe, 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 Edgar Cerenord (Amer­i­can Her­itage-Plan­ta­tion), fresh­man run­ning back James Jack­son IV (Gul­liver Prep), red­shirt se­nior wide re­ceiver Trevon Lee (Cardinal Gib­bons), ju­nior de­fen­sive end Ter­rell Lu­cas (Mi­ra­mar High), red­shirt se­nior run­ning back Ni­co­dem Pierre (Mi­ami Coral Reef ), fresh­man linebacker Rocky Shel­ton II (St. Thomas Aquinas), red­shirt se­nior re­ceiver Chris Tay­lor (Uni­ver­sity School) and sopho­more safety Mar­quis Wa­ters (Del­ray Beach At­lantic). Mi­ami run­ning back Travis Homer car­ries the ball in the first quar­ter on Satur­day. He rushed for 133 yards on 18 car­ries with a touch­down.


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