Miami coach Mark Richt said Tuesday that Malik Rosier remains the team’s starting quarterback, three days after the senior threw a pair of interceptions in a 33-17 season-opening loss to LSU.
Rosier finished the game 15 of 35 passing for 259 yards and one touchdown, with much of the yardage coming as Miami tried to rally from a 33-3 deficit.
Richt stuck with Rosier during the game, and said no change will be made from Saturday’s home opener against Savannah State.
“If there’s an announcement to make it, I’ll make it,” Richt said during his Tuesday press conference. “You all can ask all the (quarterback) questions you want, but if there’s ever a time something should change, I’ll tell you. That’s true at every position. I don’t mind you asking, but I’ll give you the same answer.”
The other four quarterbacks on Miami’s roster are all freshmen or redshirt freshman. N’Kosi Perry, a highly-touted recruit out of Ocala, Fla. who did not see action in 2017, was suspended for the season opener and didn’t travel with the team.
Fellow redshirt freshman Cade Weldon out of Tampa was Rosier’s backup against LSU. True freshmen Ryan Rizk (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Jarren Williams (Lawrenceville, Ga.) are the other two quarterbacks on the roster, with Williams currently the third-team QB.
“All those guys are getting better,” Richt said. “I’m not going to say who’s going to play or who’s not going to play in this game. I’m not going to say that. The guys that deserve to play, will play — the guys that prove to the coaches that they know what they’re doing, and we can trust them.”
Evan Shirreffs, Rosier’s backup in 2017, left the program as a graduate transfer and is currently at the UNC-Charlotte.