No. 22 Miami sticking with QB Rosier vs. Savannah State

Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier passed for 250 yards in Sunday night's loss to LSU.Photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt: "The guys who deserve to play will play.”

Despite a fourth consecutive subpar performance that ended in a loss, senior Malik Rosier remains No. 1 at quarterback for No. 22 Miami going into Saturdays game against Savannah State.

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. ACC Network Extra stations will have the telecast.

Hurricanes coach Mark Richt confirmed at his weekly media session that Rosier will start this week. He even chuckled when the inevitable question about Rosiers status came up.

You-all can ask all the QB questions you want, he said, but if theres ever a time for a change, Ill tell you.

Rosier passed for 250 yards in Sunday nights loss to then-No. 25 LSU, but he also had two interceptions, one that LSU returned for a touchdown.

The gap between Rosier and backups NKosi Perry, Cade Weldon and Julian Williams may be closing.

All those guys are getting better, he said. Theyre all getting better. Im not going to say whos going to play in this game and whos not. The guys who deserve to play will play.

Perry was suspended for the opener for an undisclosed violation that dated back at least six months, Richt said, but wasnt revealed until the day before the season opener.

Richt said Perry is excited to be back. He also defended Rosier, noting that criticism of him may be too harsh at times.

I know what were telling him, he said. I know what were teaching him. I know what hes seeing and what hes dealing with on any particular play.

The common fan doesnt really know what were asking to do on this play or that play or whyd he do this or whyd he do that. They just look at the numbers and, Did he complete so many or did he not? Did he throw an interception or did he not?

We grade him quite frankly hes got a job to do. We grade him for his job. We grade him for his technique. We grade him for a decision that he makes, good or bad. We grade him for his accuracy. No quarterback has ever been perfect and we understand that.

Rosiers maturity is a big advantage. Perry and Weldon are redshirt freshmen, Williams a true freshman.

That group was a little immature, Richt said. To their credit, I mentioned it earlier, I think theyre growing up. I think theyre maturing. I think theyre closer to being man enough to be that guy. Thats a tough job because of the scrutiny of the position as much as anything.

But competition is good, and well always be competing.

If things go as expected, Richt should have the opportunity to see some of the backups in action when Savannah State visits. The Tigers are coming off a 52-0 opening loss to UAB in their opener and lost the only meeting with the Hurricanes 77-7 five years ago.

The Tigers got off to a slow start last year, losing their first seven games, but they won three of their last four to finish 3-8.

I still feel like were a pretty young team, coach Erik Raeburn said. The difference is the young guys we have have played in games for us. They have some game experience and they have some familiarity with our system.

That didnt really pay much in the way of dividends in the opener, however. The Tigers fell back 28-0 at the half. They managed to rush for 155 yards but passed for only 23. UAB rolled up 548 yards of total offense.

Miami, meanwhile, got a big game out of sophomore wide receiver Jeff Thomas (132 receiving yards on just five catches), and backup running back DeeJay Dallas provided a bit of a spark in the running game, though finishing with just 38 yards.

But the availability of No. 1 receiver Ahmonn Richards remains in doubt. He took a hit on his knee after making one catch for a nine-yard gain and is considered day-to-day this week.

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Rozier is a mediocre qb whose should be converted to a fullback or return to baseball. He is listed as 6'1" but hes closer to 5' 11 1/2" and most qbs in college are between 6 2 and 6 4. His delivery is horrible and tends to throw behind the receiver and is showing the U of M nation that Coach Richt is a terrible play caller and at best an OK coach. He can recruit but has no idea how to call a game with all the talent he has. STOP THE PLAY CALLING and hand it over to an offensive play caller, you know, someone who can innovate as the game goes on. I know he is religious and hands out bibles to the new recruits, maybe he should hand out more progressive play books instead.