Cam Ward is a consensus top three 2024 transfer quarterback. Miami has significantly upgraded their QB play by adding Ward. Pro Football Focus ranked Ward the third-best transfer in the 2024 portal on December 13. The rankings were conducted before bowl season and late coaching changes.
PFF stated that Ward has a high ceiling, but his turnovers are concerning. Ward led the country with seven fumbles lost and threw seven interceptions. The addition of Ward gives Miami an elite passer. Ward was fourth nationally in 2023, averaging 311.1 passing yards per game.
Ward was also 19th with 25 touchdown passes, 21st completing 66 percent of his pass attempts and 44th averaging 7.7 yards per attempt. Miami can return to being the big-play offense they were in 2021 with the addition of Ward at QB. Ward was ninth nationally with 144 completions of 10 or more yards and 11th with 52 of 20 or more.
Expect Miami offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson to adapt the offense to Ward. Ward is far more mobile than Tyler Van Dyke and Emory Williams but less than Jacurri Brown. Ward also had 202 rushing yards with 13 TDs in two seasons at Washington State. Dawson might be able to run more RPOs.
"3. QB CAMERON WARD- Ward was ninth among FBS quarterbacks this year with a 78.6% adjusted completion rate. His 23 big-time throws were third among Pac-12 signal-callers as well. While Ward has a high ceiling, he still tends to be a bit of a rollercoaster. The junior’s 41 turnover-worthy plays over the last two seasons are the most among Power Five quarterbacks."- Max Chadwick- Pro Football Focus
Miami often lacked explosive plays in 2023. The Hurricanes were 35th with 129 pass plays of 10 or more yards and 39th with 48 completions of 20 or more yards. Interceptions plagued Miami throughout the 2023 season. Miami was 107th nationally, with 14 interceptions thrown in 2023.
Miami was 78th with eight fumbles lost. Both Ward and Miami have to cut down on the turnovers in 2024. Ward could also improve his efficiency. In 2023, Ward finished 41 nationally with a 145.43 passer rating and 50th with a 65.1 QBR. The Miami offense has a lot of upside, with Ward at QB in 2024.