Miami Breakdown: Bad Quarterback Play, But Dominant Defense

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Miami will bring a great defense to Lane Stadium on Saturday.

Fast and sloppy. This is Miami.

They’re on a four-game skid thanks mostly to dumb penalties and turnovers. And the way this season is going, they’ll probably clean it up just in time for Tech. Head coach Mark Richt is experiencing pressures similar to those felt by his counterpart at VT, though with more talent and experience at his disposal, his ownership of a 5-5 record is harder to forgive.


They run almost exclusively from a spread/gun look; sometimes they’ll start out in deep pistol, but the back almost always motions or shifts out. Two quarterbacks—Malik Rosier (#12) and N’kosi Perry (#5)—have been trading series and starts almost all season. They’re inconsistent and capable of throwing passels of picks. They’ll also drop a perfect lob and squeeze a beauty in between a tight bracket. You’ll remember Rosier had his best game of the season versus Tech last year. We haven’t seen redshirt freshman Perry, but he’s as hot-and-cold as Rosier. His completion rate was 31% against Duke, and in the next game 60% against GT. Both are more comfortable in the gun. Richt is a West Coast guy at heart, but he can’t do his thing without consistent, accurate QBs, and the