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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by CF3234, Dec 30, 2018.
Damn are you a wizard
Imagine if Richt just let Jarren play in the last few games last year.
Chad Thomas had a scary neck injury at practice
Lot Richt did wrong last year. But I’m happy with the choice. Jarren pretty much has a fresh slate with no bad habits from last year.
Anybody have a sub and can copy paste?
By all accounts Jarren was out of shape, lazy at practice and the film room all fall and openly trying to transfer to Kentucky after the FSU game. Richt was a dufus but sitting his ass on the bench was the right call. Kid got suspended for the VT game.
What Miami has in its new starting quarterback Jarren Williams
Todd Wofford answered his phone after midnight Saturday night and quickly wiped the sleep out from his eyes when the caller on the end — his former starting quarterback at Central Gwinnett (Ga.) High — told him he had some good news.
“Coach, I think I’m going to be the guy,” Jarren Williams told Wofford.
What Manny Diaz whispered in Williams’ ear shortly after Miami’s scrimmage Saturday night turned into reality Monday when the 19-year-old redshirt freshman from Lawrenceville, Ga. was announced as the Hurricanes’ starting quarterback for 2019.
After two weeks of an open competition in fall camp, in which each of the three guys fighting for the starting job said they received equal first-team reps, Diaz and offensive coordinator Dan Enos decided Williams would be a better fit leading Miami into its season opener against Florida on Aug. 24 than N’Kosi Perry or Tate Martell.
“We believe we can win with all three guys,” Diaz said in a statement released by the school. “However, we feel like Jarren has the greatest upside due to his passing ability, his instincts and his determination.”
The fact Williams was even around this fall to win the starting job, though, is the real story.
When Williams signed with the Hurricanes in December 2017 he was the highest-rated quarterback recruit the program had signed since Kyle Wright in 2003. He never thought he was going to spend his first season at Miami riding the bench – especially the way Perry and fifth-year senior Malik Rosier struggled.
Williams took only nine snaps in 2018 and all at the end of a blowout win over Savannah State on Sept. 8. He completed just one of his three passes for 17 yards and scored on a one-yard touchdown run.
He then sat and watched from the bench the rest of the season as Mark Richt flip-flopped between Perry and Rosier. Miami’s passing offense finished 118th in completion percentage (51.1 percent) and 112th in overall QB rating with 19 combined touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.
Frustrated, Williams put on weight in the middle of the season and was suspended for the Virginia Tech game for violating team rules. At the end of the regular season, Williams thought about leaving Miami and entering the transfer portal. There were a number of Power 5 conference teams who reached out to Wofford to gage Williams’ interest in transferring.
But in the end, a conversation with Richt and former quarterbacks coach Jon Richt convinced him to stick around.
“I had schools from around the country blowing me up: ‘Coach, will he leave?’” Wofford said. “But Jarren was dead-set on winning the job. He told me, ‘Coach, I’m going to win it. I’m not going anywhere.’ I still haven’t been able to figure out why they never gave him a shot last year.”
Williams was clearly thrilled to win the job.
“It means the world,” Williams said Monday in UM’s press release of winning the starting job. “This is something that I’ve always strived for growing up. It’s been my dream since I was a kid. When I was six years old, I used to sit in front of the TV and watch Michael Vick play. That’s a dream I have always had and I’ve strived for it. Having the opportunity to lead this team is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am going to take full advantage of it.”
Diaz said all three quarterbacks “showed tremendous improvement and development” under Enos since the spring. He said the competition for the backup job will continue in the lead-up to the Florida game in Orlando.
The question now, though, is whether Perry and Martell will stick around and compete for the job. Martell (5-11, 210) left Ohio State in January for Coral Gables after the Buckeyes brought in Georgia transfer Justin Fields to replace first-round pick Dwayne Haskins under center.
Before playing much better in Miami’s spring game when he was in the shotgun, the mobile Martell struggled to adjust to playing under center. He was throwing wobbly passes and missing open receivers left and right. This fall, he showed improvement according to Enos, but obviously not enough to earn the starting job.
Perry, meanwhile, started six games for Miami in 2018 but dealt with maturity issues. He went into Miami’s bowl game as the backup to Rosier. Now, he and Martell both have to decide whether they will stick around in case Williams struggles.
That may not happen. Williams has lost the weight he gained and improved in a lot of areas.
“I feel like I’m an elite passer,” Williams said. “I can make all the throws, even in tight windows. What a lot of people don’t know is that I can extend plays with my feet. I’m not a slow guy. I can tuck the ball and get 15 yards. I can make a guy miss, but I am a pass-first guy. I stand in the pocket and trust the pocket and get the ball to my receivers.”
Williams scored on a touchdown run in Miami’s first scrimmage and had another impressive “30- or 40-yard run” in Saturday’s scrimmage, Wofford said. He capped the evening with a 35-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Mallory under duress against Miami’s first-team defense.
Wofford said what Williams has shown Miami’s coaching staff in two scrimmages is just the beginning of his potential.
“There’s two phrases that come to mind when I think of Jarren — crazy competitive and a perfectionist,” said Wofford, who also coached former Alabama quarterback Blake Sims in high school. “Those two things drive him. He wants to be the best and he’s a perfectionist. Good, bad or whatever, he’s going to go hard. I think that’s what Enos likes about him.”
Wofford has known Williams can make plays with his legs for a long time, and it’s something he expects everyone will see once he steps on the field.
“The summer going into his junior year of high school one of those experts said he would never be a college quarterback and that kind of lit a fire under him,” Wofford said. “He’s always had people trying to shoot holes in his game and creating weaknesses that aren’t even there. His senior year he ran for 600 yards and 10 touchdowns. Yes, he’s naturally a pocket guy. But you watch him and he’s more than that.
“Not a lot of people who play quarterback have what he has. You add that with his competitive side, that’s what makes him who he is. And I’m telling you, the more comfortable that guy gets, the more dangerous he’s going to be.”
CCC left the sun sentinel to work for the school. State sponsored media now, but she should get way more access than anyone else.
Edit: fake tweet. Stupid me.
Yikes at that Martell thread...
Don’t do this in here man
Tate didn’t practice. What a pussy if true (and related to not getting the starting job).
White tops on 8/24.
for white bottoms
Derrick Smith transferring. Super weird considering he’s had a great offseason but apparently didn’t take the news well that he lost out to Hall/Carter.
Of course, now this means we can expect Knowles on the field for 10+ snaps against the Gators
Wonder if Bolden making it to campus had anything to do with it
Probably a 3 game series with UCONN or some shit
Looks like it will be a home and home with UF
Road games @UF and @ND in the same year. NBD
ACC road slate is a bear that year too.
Can anybody post that miami herald article on the offense? Gracias
It's a Barry Jackson article. Not worth your time.
It’s fucking game week
open in an incognito tab.
Appears no suspensions
can't see the pic CC
According to Manny, "he expects everyone there on Saturday" aka, no suspensions.
I never know if this is a good thing or not. Seems dependent on the coach (based on his success level) plus even if your on the field you still have other people in the booth watching upstairs.
Me too. I can never tell when people switch from booth to sideline or vice-versa what the difference really is.
Is Briles a booth guy?
I think he's a sideline guy, if I had to guess, but I could be completely wrong.
sideline. said he doesn't want to slow the tempo down by having to have someone else signal in plays for him
UF fans/players really feeling themselves right now. Can't remember a team being so cocky going into a rivalry game.
SEC Media blowing smoke up their asses
Yup cane fans certainly aren’t cocky at all heading into this game
I don't see any TMB canes fans acting like Boo and Tiburon...
Barely any are even talking about the game, all game talk must be on the private board
Game is in 4 days..
we don't use our private board. all our convo is here.
Don’t see any game talk other than one guy excited about the uniforms
hi. we are excited for the game. Most of us think our defense has a good chance of shutting down UF's offense and it will come down to whether or not Jarren Williams can be an adequate game manager in his first start. We also think that the Felipe Franks hype is over the top and that our DL even with out GWIII can make his life miserable on Saturday.
Very interesting the group shared their opinions with you. Where is this over the top Franks hype being posted on this board? Examples?
well you did just have oops cape for him in the game thread.
evil homer. aka oops
Went back three pages and still not seeing any of this over the top hype you are speaking of
I think there's a little too much confidence about the Miami D. They play like shit on the road for at least a half of most games iyam imo.
sorry. last page of the top 10 thread.
constantly facing a short field because of a turnover/20 yd punt didn't help them much.
Played like shit but finished #4 in Total Defense? How does that work?