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Still QB Rosier, then Shirreffs, at UM practice; LB Pinckney returns

N'Kosi Perry meets the media

UM freshman quarterback N'Kosi Perry spoke to the media for the first time Mon., Aug.14, 2017.
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UM freshman quarterback N'Kosi Perry spoke to the media for the first time Mon., Aug.14, 2017.

Week three of fall camp began today, and the first practice after Saturday’s first scrimmage of camp resulted in the same quarterback order as most of camp.

Malik Rosier, a redshirt junior, has remained the No. 1 quarterback, followed by redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs.

True freshman N’Kosi Perry, who apparently didn’t have a great scrimmage (it was closed, so we’re just going by coach Mark Richt and the statistics), started out at practice as the No. 3 guy ahead of freshman Cade Weldon, but also was the No. 4 guy after Weldon during the latter part of practice.

N’Kosi and Cade need to dial it up in a big way for the second scrimmage on Saturday if either is to have a chance at unseating Rosier — or even Shirreffs, who also has no game experience except for some handoffs in one series in last year’s opener. Shirreffs has a nice tall frame and does what Richt wants — he’s disciplined and smart and has great footwork and likely in the right place at the right time. His arm strength needed to substantially improve, and we just haven’t seen enough during camp to know.

University of Miami quarterbacks Evan Shirreffs, Cade Weldon and N'Kosi Perry take part in passing drills during morning practice on Monday, Aug. 18, 2017.

Also on Monday, linebacker Michael Pinckney (hamstring) and tight end Michael Irvin II (dehydration issues) returned during the media viewing of practice, which was extra long today.

▪ Running back Mark Walton, who bruised his hip in the scrimmage, was practicing and seems full-go.

▪ Defensive lineman Jon Ford, out of Fort Lauderdale Dillard, still has not enrolled but has another week until classes start, and actually more because the last day to register for classes is Aug. 30th. Not sure when Richt would want him at camp, but coaches have seemed optimistic that he will arrive in time. Richt has said it’s an academic issue that is keeping him out.

▪ Monday is media day, so we’ll have plenty more later.

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