Year one of the Mark Richt era has come and gone and the Miami Hurricanes are primed for a return to the days when national championships were the standard. Richt inherited a program suffering from almost 15 years of administrative neglect, sub-par coaches, mediocre facilities, and a general malaise across the passionate fan base and has been busy putting his stamp on his alma mater.
Looking back on the end of 2016, there is plenty to be excited about: ending the season on a 5 game win streak, a defense playing with unmitigated violence, the first bowl win in a decade and a recruiting class that filled many needs across the roster has the Miami program trending up heading into Spring ball. The big question remains…who will replace the franchise Quarterback, Brad Kaaya?
Spring 2017 was all about two goals, sort out the QB situation and keep everyone healthy heading into off-season conditioning. It is safe to say that Miami mostly achieved these goals and enters the Summer session healthy and looking toward fall camp and the 2017 season.
Although a clear-cut starter has not emerged from the quarterback group, there is more clarity than a month ago at the position with Senior-to-be Malik Rozier and Redshirt Junior Evan Sherrifs separating themselves from the pack and spending a majority of their practice time with the first-team offense. Still working hard and providing valuable depth are Vincent Testaverde and early-enrollee, Cade Weldon. The odd-man out is former 4-star recruit, Jack Allison, who recently transferred out of the program citing playing time as his main concern. This decision was a head-scratcher for many, but not too difficult to understand as the headliner of last year’s recruiting class, N’Kosi Perry is set to join the Hurricanes mid-May. From many inside reports, Perry was hand-picked by coach Richt to run the type of offense he has been dreaming of, and looks to push the 2 front-runners heading into Fall camp.
As we stand now, the optimism surrounding the program is palpable. Coming off the impressive bowl win, Miami is assembling the #1 ranked recruiting class for 2018 with a ridiculous number of local products lined up to add much needed depth and an overall talent boost. The long-anticipated indoor practice facility will finally come to fruition with a ground breaking set for May 4th. Notable alumni are surrounding the program and giving back in ways that haven’t been seen around Coral Gables in almost a generation. All the team needs to do now is keep winning! A storm is brewing and the college football world will soon see the new-look Hurricanes’ resurgence to the pinnacle of the sport.