Sobering 2018 Opener for “TheU”

It’s hard to imagine a more sobering opener than No. 8 Miami’s 33-17 loss Sunday to No. 25 LSU, a game in which the ’Canes trailed 27-3 by halftime.

Miami, has lost four games in a row since a 10-0 start last season, never got to celebrate with that gaudy turnover chain that comes out when the Hurricanes get a takeaway.

“We certainly had some things go well and some things not well,” said Miami coach Mark Richt, in his third season at his alma mater. “A lot of self-inflicted wounds, not to take anything away from what LSU did. They beat us soundly.”

Malik Rosier had a record-setting season last year with his 31 touchdowns (26 passing, five rushing) and 3,588 total yards, but had some of the same issues that plagued him late. Rosier was 15 of 35 for 259 yards with two interceptions against LSU. The Hurricanes were down 33-3 before his 3-yard TD keeper and 32-yard TD pass to Brian Hightower in the fourth quarter. In the losing streak to end last season, he had three total TDs (all passing) with five interceptions.

Last night was more of the same from Rosier, who looked baffled by the Tigers defense most of the night. Facing pressure, he was always looking to tuck and run. When he did have time, Rosier uncorked balls all over the field, forcing the receivers to make impressive grabs just to bring them in. The second Miami touchdown and the play leading up to it were examples of the good Rosier where he threw two beautiful deep balls. The Hurricanes are at their best when the athletes that play the skill positions get the ball in their hands in space and make a play. But Rosier’s inconsistency can once again limit the team’s ceiling.

Miami was missing second string quarterback N’Kosi Perry, who was suspended for violating team rules. It is curious to think if Richt may have pulled Rosier if Perry was standing on the sideline after a terrible first half for the starter.

Miami relied on its defense and run game more than most realized a year ago during its 10-game winning streak. Rosier will always be remembered for two game-winning throws, but he was up and down most of the season. That was evident in the final three games, all Miami losses, when Rosier was erratic, inconsistent and turnover prone.

Rosier has unraveled in the 14th game of 2017. NCAA teams have figured him out. TheU has to stop squandering all this top skills position talent with sub talent at QB.

If The U is to be really back a real Miami Quarterback needs to rise up.

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