Opening Hurricanes QB odds at BookMaker
Malik Rosier ( +190 ) – Rosier is the favorite to start because of his experience with the offense. Rosier started against Duke back in 2015 and played well, leading the Hurricanes to one of their most exciting wins in school history. He completed 69 percent of his passes against the Blue Devils’ defense and wasn’t afraid to throw the ball down the field either.
Rosier is a more mobile quarterback than Kaaya was and the Hurricanes would run a lot of run-pass option if he was named the starter.
Although he is the favorite, he hasn’t played particularly well in practice, either in spring or thus far in summer. Rosier completed less than 50 percent of his passes in Miami’s two scrimmages and he had a hard time throwing over taller defensive linemen. He might have to move the pocket or change his arm angle in order to be successful.
N’Kosi Perry ( +205 ) –This is who most of the fans want to start. Perry was a very highly recruited quarterback out of high school and was a big get for Richt. He has the raw talent to succeed and many expect him to at least see the field at some point this season.
Like Rosier, he is a dual-threat quarterback who can make the most of a bad situation with his feet. At 6’4, he has the height to see over the line and not get his passes batted down either.
If Perry would have been on campus for all of spring, he would be considered the favorite. Although he has spent less time with the playbook than any of the other quarterbacks, he has been impressive and his teammates seem to love him.
Evan Shirreffs ( +330 ) –Shirreffs has shared the first-team repetitions with Rosier so far in summer, but seems to be on the outs if you read between the lines. Although Richt and others continue to mention him as in the hunt for the starting spot, none of the local media seems to be buying it.
Shirreffs doesn’t get the same effusive praise that Perry and Rosier do. He doesn’t fit the system that Miami seems to be going for either. Shirreffs is not a statue like Kaaya was in the pocket, but is hardly mobile. If he can’t establish himself as a clearly superior passer, he has no chance of being named the starter.
Cade Weldon ( +550 )–The odds on Weldon don’t make any sense. Weldon is a true freshman that is nominally in the running for the job, but has no real chance of taking command barring injuries to one or two of his teammates.
Weldon is a great story. He is the son of former Florida State quarterback Casey Weldon and will be a media darling the week that Miami plays FSU. However, he is scarcely being mentioned by either teammates or coaches as having a real shot to win the job.
These odds haven’t moved much since they were released, but it doesn’t make any sense to bet on Shirreffs or Weldon. Neither one seems to have a legitimate chance to win the job and are likely only being talked about as having a chance so that they come back next season. Quarterback depth is precarious in modern-day college football and it’s not hard to go from four options to one in the blink of an eye.
Either Rosier or Perry will end up getting the nod in the opener. Miami starts the season against Bethune-Cookman and that will give whoever wins the job some valuable repetitions heading into back-to-back road games against a talented Arkansas State squad and rival Florida State. Betting on both at these odds may sound like a square thing to do, but the other two options would need an injury to become the starter.
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