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Podcast: N’Kosi Perry is staking his claim as Miami’s quarterback of the future

N’Kosi Perry discusses his return to starting lineup

N'Kosi Perry started his fifth game of the season against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Miami Hurricanes quarterback has learned from his earlier return to the bench.
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N'Kosi Perry started his fifth game of the season against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Miami Hurricanes quarterback has learned from his earlier return to the bench.

Finally, the Eye on the U podcast comes to your ears after a Miami Hurricanes win. Miami went on the road and secured bowl eligibility Saturday with a 38-14 win against the Virginia Tech Hokies. More importantly, though, N’Kosi Perry took another step forward and is making his case to be the Hurricanes’ quarterback of the future.

The redshirt freshman will start his sixth game of the season Saturday against the No. 24 Pittsburgh Panthers at Hard Rock Stadium and he’s taken massive strides in the last two. Against Virginia Tech, Perry went 21 for 34 with 171 yards and two touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown, and the numbers could’ve been bigger if it wasn’t for a pair of dropped passes, which could have led to long touchdowns.

Coach Mark Richt is now praising his young quarterback every week and even said Monday that Perry will enter 2019 in the “driver’s seat” to be the starter.

Coincidentally or not, Kelly Bryant, a potential graduate transfer quarterback from the Clemson Tigers, canceled his previously planned official visit to Coral Gables as Perry has taken a stranglehold on the position.

As you might be able to tell, there’s a lot of talk about Perry on the latest episode of the Eye on the U podcast. When Miami’s division-title hopes slipped away, the Hurricanes (6-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) needed to have two goals: reach a bowl game and figure out what they have in Perry. With the bowl berth sewed up, Miami now has two more weeks to see what Perry can do.

This weekend against Pittsburgh (7-4, 6-1) will serve as an interesting test case for Miami moving forward. With tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory injured, Richt will be forced to try Perry in a spread offense, which might be the best system for his skills. David Wilson and Susan Miller Degnan discuss what to expect in the regular-season finale in Miami Gardens.

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