Once known as ‘Quarterback U,’ the Miami Hurricanes have a spotty record of producing top signal callers over the past few decades.
While the Canes have had some great quarterbacks in their history from George Mira to Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Vinny Testaverde, Steve Walsh, Craig Erickson, Gino Torretta, Ken Dorsey, and, most recently, Brad Kaaya, Miami has gone through quite a few players at the position in recent years.
On Tuesday morning, Miami coach Mark Richt — who was part of perhaps the greatest stable of quarterback depth in college football history during his senior year in Coral Gables in 1982 — named redshirt junior Malik Rosier as Miami’s newest starting quarterback.
Rosier will replace Kaaya after he left as Miami’s all-time leader in most statistical categories after his junior year.
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While most everyone knows what happened to the likes of Kosar, Kelly and Testaverde after they left ‘The U,’ what are Miami’s most recent quarterbacks up to these days?
Richt, by the way, was part of a UM quarterback class in 1982 which included a future Hall of Famer (Kelly), national champion and Cleveland legend (Kosar), Heisman Trophy winner (Testaverde) and former Florida Mr. Football (Kyle Vanderwende) under quarterbacks coach Earl Morrall and coach Howard Schnellenberger.
BRAD KAAYA, 2014-16
Kayaa was a highly-recruited quarterback out of California by Al Golden and was an immediate starter upon his arrival in Coral Gables.
Miami went 6-7 in Kaaya’s freshman season as he started all 13 games and passed for 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Kaaya remained Miami’s starter for all three of his seasons — although he was spelled by Rosier because of injury during the 2015 season against Duke — and left school after being named MVP of the Russell Athletic Bowl holding most of Miami’s passing records.
Kaaya threw for 69 touchdowns and almost 10,000 yards in three seasons with the Hurricanes and was a seventh-round pick of the Detroit Lions this past spring.
Reunited with Golden, who is Detroit’s tight end coach after being fired by Miami in 2015, Kaaya threw a touchdown pass in his NFL preseason debut.
STEPHEN MORRIS, 2010-13
The Monsignor Pace graduate was Miami’s full-time starter in his junior and senior years passing for 42 touchdowns with 19 interceptions during those seasons.
Morris, who ended his UM career with 25 consecutive starts, played in 11 games in his freshman and sophomore years.
Undrafted out of Miami — Kaaya was the first Miami quarterback drafted since Dorsey went to the 49ers in the seventh round in 2003 — Morris caught on with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014 before moving to the Indianapolis Colts in 2015.
Morris is making a strong case to backup Andrew Luck this season and has passed for 205 yards with a touchdown in preseasons losses to Detroit and Dallas. Morris has yet to see time in four NFL seasons with the Jaguars and Colts.
JACORY HARRIS, 2008-11
One of the most celebrated Miami recruits in recent years after leading Miami Northwestern to a national championship, Harris split time with Robert Marve as a freshman before becoming the Hurricanes’ full-time starter as a sophomore.
In his first start of the 2009 season, Harris led the Hurricanes to a rousing victory over Florida State in Tallahassee — marking Miami’s last win over the rival Seminoles.
Harris led Miami to a win over Ohio State as a senior in 2011 as the Hurricanes ended that year 6-6 and gave up their bowl spot because of the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Harris ended his Miami career with 47 games played and 70 touchdowns thrown.
After not being drafted, Harris briefly caught on with the Dolphins and Eagles but didn’t stick.
Harris has spent the past five seasons in the Canadian Football League but has only appeared in three games (with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) in 2015. Harris is currently a backup for the Montreal Alouettes after spending time with Hamilton and the Edmonton Eskimos.
ROBERT MARVE, 2007-08
A high school All-America selection out of Tampa, Marve was a highly sought-after quarterback who landed in Coral Gables in 2007.
After missing his freshman season after breaking his arm in a car accident, Marve became Miami’s starter after being suspended for the 2008 opener against Charleston Southern — Miami’s first at Dolphins Stadium after leaving the Orange Bowl in 2007.
Marve started Miami’s next 11 games in 2008, but Harris was back as the starter for the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco after coach Randy Shannon suspended him again.
Marve decided to transfer and ended up at Purdue where he played three seasons for the Boilermakers.
Undrafted out of Purdue, Marve signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but ended up in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Marve retired from football in 2015 and lives in Tampa.
KIRBY FREEMAN, 2004-07
Freeman came to Miami from Brownwood, Texas as a highly-recruited quarterback. Freeman redshirted as a freshman, found playing time in his second season yet there was talk he wanted to transfer in 2006.
As a sophomore, Freeman took over for the injured Kyle Wright and started four games for the Hurricanes.
In 2007, Shannon made Freeman the starter over Wright only that didn’t last long. After Freeman struggled, Wright was back by the third game of the season. Freeman did lead Miami to a win over FSU when he replaced an injured Wrightand ended up playing in seven games that season.
Freeman later transferred to Baylor where he finished his collegiate career. He and his family reside in Oklahoma.
KYLE WRIGHT, 2003-07
Wright and Freeman spent a lot of time battling each other during their time with the Hurricanes.
Wright was officially named Miami’s starter by Larry Coker in 2005 after Wright played in just two games in his first two seasons with the Hurricanes. Wright’s first start came on Labor Day against FSU as the Seminoles snapped a seven-game losing streak to Miami with a 10-7 win in Tallahassee.
In 2005, Wright led the ACC with 17 touchdown passes but he had an uneven career with the Hurricanes as he played in 31 games during his final three seasons throwing 38 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.
Wright currently resides in California.
BROCK BERLIN, 2002-2004
One of the most highly sought after quarterbacks in the nation from Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Berlin started his collegiate career in Gainesville under Steve Spurrier and the Gators.
After sitting behind Rex Grossman for two seasons, Berlin ended up transferring to the rival Hurricanes in 2002 and replaced Dorsey as Miami’s starting quarterback following the Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.
Coker named Berlin the starter during spring practice over Derrick Crudup.
Berlin’s first Miami start came in his hometown as he passed for 203 yards and two scores in Miami’s 48-9 rout over Louisiana Tech.
The following week came a game in the Orange Bowl against his former teammates and Berlin rallied Miami back from a 33-10 deficit to stun the Gators 38-33 as Berlin taunted the visitors with his version of the ‘gator chomp.’
Berlin, who would briefly be replaced by Crudup during the season, led Miami to an 11-2 record and a win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl Classic. Miami went 9-3 under Berlin in 2004 as he ended up throwing 34 touchdowns in his Miami career.
Berlin ended up bouncing around a bit at the professional level and spent some time with the Dolphins. Berlin did appear in two games — he made one start in 2007 — for the St. Louis Rams.
Berlin and his family live in Louisiana.