The new college football year is about to begin.
The University of Miami announced its spring football practice schedule Monday.
UM, which finished the 2017 season 10-3 after losing the final three games of the season, will open spring practice on March 20.
The Canes will have 13 practice sessions over a four-week period, concluding on April 19. All the practices will be held on the campus, except for an April 14th spring game – which will be played at Hard Rock Stadium and will be open to the public with free admission and parking.
All other practices will be closed to the public.
Keeping players healthy and getting new players acclimated to the program will be the chief objectives for head coach Mark Richt and his staff, but there is one major roster question that could – or at least begin to – be answered over the next month.
Just like it was in spring 2017, all eyes and ears will be tuned to what is going on with Miami’s quarterbacks.
Malik Rosier chose to return for his redshirt senior year. Even though Rosier broke Miami’s school record for touchdowns scored in a season in 2017, there was still a long line of detractors and doubters ready to jump on any of his shortcomings.
He gave them plenty to feast on thanks to the drop off in his level of play during some of UM’s most critical games of the season – namely the regular season finale at Pitt, the ACC Championship game, and the Orange Bowl.
Rosier will be battling with redshirt freshman – and fan favorite – N’Kosi Perry. Fans were hoping Perry would be ready to supplant Rosier before the start of the 2017 season, but the Ocala native couldn’t elicit enough confidence from coaches to throw him out there just two months after arriving on campus.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound dual-threat Perry spent 2017 running the scout team – and drew major praise for his performance doing it – and should receive every opportunity to battle with Rosier in the spring.
Also, Perry is currently the second-most experienced quarterback on Miami’s roster after Evan Shirreffs transferred out back in January.
True freshman and early enrollee quarterback Jarren Williams will also be under a bit of a microscope during the spring. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Williams was a four-star dual-threat prospect and U.S. Army All-American at Georgia Central Gwinnett High and could factor in the quarterback mix if he lives up to his high school billing.
As good as Williams is, however, he’ll likely start the spring as the “No. 4” quarterback behind redshirt freshman Cade Weldon – who also spent time on Miami’s practice squad in 2017 – and ahead of former walk-on quarterback Augie DeBiase, a redshirt freshman.
Unless a series of drastic events happen over the next month, it is very likely Richt won’t make any official decrees of who his starting quarterback will be.
But it will be interesting to see how things shake out.