Miami Hurricanes QBs upgraded by Manny Diaz and Rhett Lashlee

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Upgrading the Miami Hurricanes quarterback room was a goal of Manny Diaz when he became the head coach in December 2018.

The addition of D’Eriq King as a transfer from Houston, signing Jake Garcia in the Class of 2021 and commitment on Friday from four-star dual-threat QB Jacurri Brown are upgrading the position talent.

When Diaz was hired as head coach, the Miami Hurricanes had N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams on the roster at QB and would shortly add Ohio State transfer Tate Martell at the position in January 2019. Perry and Malik Rosier shared QB snaps in 2018. Perry and Willams split snaps at QB for Miami in 2019.

Miami was 113th nationally in passing yards per game in 2018, 115th in passer rating and 118th in completion percentage in the last season under head coach Mark Richt running the Hurricanes offense and his son Jon as the QB coach. Perry and Rosier attempted all but seven of the Miami Hurricanes passes in 2018.

Williams beat out Martell and Perry to become the Miami starting QB in the Hurricanes 2019 season opener against Florida as a redshirt freshman. Diaz hired Dan Enos as his first offensive coordinator in 2019. Miami improved significantly finishing 52nd nationally in passing yards in 2019.

Miami was 59th in passer rating and 83rd in completion percentage in 2019. Perry and Williams put up good numbers in 2019 combining for 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, but Miami needed more consistency and leadership at QB. That led to Enos being fired and King added as a transfer in January 2020.