True freshman Jacurri Brown was the third quarterback to start for Miami this season. During his weekly visit on the Joe Rose Show Show on 560 WQAM, head coach Mario Cristobal stated the reason to start Brown was due to injuries on the offensive line and his mobility. Miami won 35-14 at Georgia Tech.
Jacurri Brown was 14-19 for 136 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 185.9 passer rating with 19 carries for 87 yards rushing against Georgia Tech. Brown led Miami in carries and was second behind Jaylan Knighton who had 118 rushing yards. Miami will likely start Brown on Saturday at Clemson.
Brown earned his first start a week after completing his first collegiate pass against Florida State. Brown was 5-9 for 37 yards and an interception versus Florida State with 13 carries for 64 yards. On the season Brown has 42 carries for 205 yards and is 19-29 for 173 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
According to David Lake of Inside the U, Brown graded out as the third-highest-rated Miami player by Pro Football Focus in the win over Georgia Tech. Brown received a 75.4 passer rating from PFF without any turnover-worthy plays. Brown gained 45 of his 87 rushing yards on scrambles.
"“We’re down four offensive linemen, right?… And protecting the quarterback is always at a premium. Jacurri is not only a good player he also can protect himself sometimes with his feet, So, the combination of those things. Also it makes a running game very different.It makes a defense defend all 11 guys and an extra gap or two. He had a great week. He has shown a ton of poise ever since he got here in January. The guy went out there, he didn’t flinch and took the first drive right down the field along with the offense and got the momentum going."
Brown took care of the ball without any turnovers. Miami finished with a plus-four turnover margin against Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes were able to take care of the ball against a Yellow Jackets team that entered the game against Miami second nationally in turnover margin. That was critical for Miami to defeat Georgia Tech.
During his press conference with reporters on Monday, Miami offensive coordinator Josh Gattis said that Brown is poised and brought a lot of energy to the Hurricanes. Brown has quickly shown the ability to be a leader. Miami and Brown will have their biggest test on Saturday when they play at Clemson.