The 2019 Miami Hurricanes football team will kick off Fall Camp this Friday, and one group in particular is in the spotlight.
It’s no secret there is open competition in the quarterback room, with three main contenders.
N’Kosi Perry, Tate Martell, and Jarren Williams are the three to watch, each has their own intriguing storyline.
Who Steps up?
There is no clear favorite one month from the regular season, so whoever emerges first may get the call in week one.
Jarren Williams has all the athletic tools and skills you look for at the position.
A top ranked recruit entering college, the 6-foot-2 red shirt freshman should get equal run in camp with his competitors under a new coaching staff.
Williams has great feet and a strong arm with solid fundamentals and footwork, and may be the most well-rounded of the three.
It remains to be seen where he lands on the depth chart, and that could determine his long term future with the program as well.
Incumbent Perry at no Advantage
N’Kosi Perry comes off of a 2018 season where he showed flashes, yet struggled with consistency.
Accuracy was the real problem for Perry as he completed just 50.8% of his attempts (97 out of 191) as a redshirt freshman.
There were a few highs during the season. In his first sustained game action in week three against FIU, he notched a career high 224 yards to go along with three touchdowns.
Perry and the team were riding high after a 5-0 start, but the wheels fell off for the quarterback in the second half.
Miami dropped three straight in ACC play and Perry managed only two touchdown passes in his final six games.
Perry has had some off field concerns as well which have called his maturity into question.
He did have a solid spring so it will be important for him to show continued poise and leadership, along with improved performance if he wants to secure the starting gig.
Martell the Wildcard
Adding competition and complication to the mix is Ohio State transfer Tate Martell, whose journey to Miami is well known.
Martell joined the Hurricanes via the transfer portal, something that sounds like a time machine.
It was suspenseful leading up to his arrival due to his transfer status, with that behind him he must prove he can take control and be the alpha.
One of the most hyped prospects nationally out of high school, Martell spent two years in Columbus but never took hold of the starting job.
His vocal leadership style and intensity are a breath of fresh air for the quarterback group and his teammates alike.
Martell seems like the type of personality that could galvanize a team. He doesn’t possess the same arm talent as Williams or Perry but has great mobility and excels outside of the pocket, traits that may suit him well under new OC Dan Enos.
Tate Martell with a perfect throw while rolling out. His ability to work outside of the pocket is definitely his strength. pic.twitter.com/Rs2J3KXQzF
— Gaboowins (@GabyUrrutia22) April 18, 2019
In one of the more wide open quarterback competitions in recent memory, each player brings his own strengths and weaknesses to the table.
On an even playing field, it may come down to intangibles to determine who wins the starting job.
It should be an interesting battle, and one that could determine the fate of the 2019 Miami Hurricanes.
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