Miami football alum Rashad Butler appearing on the Locked on Canes podcast with Hurricanes post-game show host Alex Donno gave what in his words was a hot take that he wouldn’t be surprised if freshman Jacurri Brown won the starting quarterback job in 2023. Brown has played limited snaps this season.
Brown has yet to throw a pass this season. Miami offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has used Brown as a runner in short yardage. In appearances versus Bethune-Cookman and the last two weeks against Virginia Tech and Duke Brown has totaled 25 yards on five carries. At 6’4, 210 pounds, Brown is difficult to bring down.
Brown is the most athletic QB Miami has. Prior to his senior season in high school, Brown was timed running 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash per Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports. Brown needs to improve his accuracy. Playing all four seasons at Valdosta High School in Georgia, Brown completed 53.7 percent of his pass attempts.
Brown threw for 5,504 yards, 51 touchdowns and 17 interceptions with 4,194 yards rushing, 54 TDs and 17 100-yard games. In the Class of 2022, Brown was the 263rd ranked player, 17th QB and 23rd in Georgia according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. Brown potentially starting in 2023 will depend on multiple factors.
"“Jacurri Brown…honestly I wouldn’t be surprised and this may be a hot take, I wouldn’t be surprised next season if he is not only battling for that starting job but he wins that starting job because I do think that’s the route that most college teams are gonna have to go if they want to have a chance to be successful…You need a quarterback back there that can threaten the defense with his legs as well as his arms. I just don’t think Miami has that right now consistently. Because I know that’s exactly what Mario (Cristobal) wants to do. Because again you know he’s had it at Oregon you know with Justin Herbert…Justin Herbert is a tremendous athlete and I don’t think Justin Herbert get enough credit for being able to make plays with his legs even though he chose to make plays with his arms more so than his legs.”"
Entering the season Miami starting QB Tyler Van Dyke was projected as a first-round draft pick by the consensus of analysts. After getting off to a slow start in the first four games and now being out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, Van Dyke might opt to return to the Miami football program for the 2023 season.
Van Dyke has eligibility through the 2024 season. If Van Dyke returns backup QB Jake Garcia would have a decision to make regarding his future. Garcia could elect to transfer with Van Dyke returning in 2023. If Van Dyke is back the likelihood of Brown being the starting QB diminishes significantly.
Brown will likely continue to be used in short-yardage packages this season and more often next season if he is not the starter. Herbert completed 64.0 percent of his passes for 10,541 yards, 95 TDs and 23 interceptions with 560 yards rushing and 13 TDs in four seasons playing for Oregon under former head coach Mario Cristobal.
Herbert has continued to be a running threat in the NFL with 584 yards and eight TDs in 39 games as a professional. Brown has a high ceiling and could leave what has been a small group of dual-threat QBs as the best in Miami football history. The 2023 offseason will be a critical one for Brown.