Five Days to Miami football: N’Kosi Perry and Amari Carter provide experience

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 14: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 14: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Senior safety Amari Carter and redshirt junior quarterback N’Kosi Perry were 2017 signees with the Miami football program who provide a lot of experience entering the 2020 season.

Senior safety Amari Carter and redshirt junior quarterback N’Kosi Perry have combined for 57 games played in their Miami football careers. Carter and Perry provide a lot of leadership and experience for the Hurricanes entering the 2020 season. Both players are likely to begin the 2020 season as backups.

Carter has started seven games over the past two seasons while playing in 38 over the past three. Playing in all 13 games in 2019 with five starts, Carter had five starts in 2019 finishing seventh on Miami with 37 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one inteception. Carter is best know for his hard hitting.

In 2020, Carter is projected to be behind junior Gurvan Hall who is the leading returning tackle for Miami after recording 66 stops in 2019 and redshirt junior Bubba Bolden who is returning from an ankle suffered after playing in just five games. Bolden, Carter and Hall are expected to split the snaps evenly in the safety rotation.

Perry returns for his third season on the active roster after redshirting as a true freshman in 2017. After playing in 19 games with nine starts over the past two seasons, Perry will be a clear backup to graduate transfer D’Eriq King in 2020. Perry needs to work on accuracy and consistency to become a better QB.

The future for the Miami QB unit is unknown with the extra season of eligibility granted by the NCAA for 2020 fall sports athletes. King was initially going to have only one season of eligibility with Miami, but now has the option of returning for a second season in 2021. Perry has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

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Redshirt junior Tate Martell and true freshman Tyler Van Dyke are the other QBs with a chance to compete in the future to be the Miami starting QB in either 2021 or 2022 depending if King decides to return for the 2021 Miami football season. Miami has yet to receive a commitment from QB in the class of 2021.