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Rosier looks like pro prospect, executive says; Canes notes

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier (12) looks to pass as the Seminoles host the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
Miami Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier (12) looks to pass as the Seminoles host the Miami Hurricanes at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, October 7, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

A six-pack of Canes notes:

• NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah asked NFL executives this week who’s the most underrated quarterback in college football, and one named UM junior Malik Rosier.

"Rosier has stepped in for [Brad] Kaaya and the team hasn't missed a beat," the unidentified executive told Jeremiah. "In fact, his mobility has probably improved them at the position. He shows the arm talent to develop into a next-level prospect with another year under [Mark] Richt."

If Rosier continues playing at this level, he won’t merely be a one-year stopgap until N’Kosi Perry is ready, but a two-year starter.

Kaaya, incidentally, was released by the Detroit Lions this week but signed with their practice squad.

• Just as UM wanted to get speedy, explosive Jeff Thomas more involved (which has happened the past two weeks), we hear UM also would like to get fellow freshman receiver Mike Harley more involved because of his speed.

One UM official said Deejay Dallas - now playing running back - has shown big play ability in practice, but pass protection remains the concern. UM would love to redshirt running back Thomas Burns.

• Richt, on WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline this week, said he heard some people questioning why UM ran plays with significant time on the play clock with a one-point lead late in the Syracuse game.

The drive ended successfully, with a Travis Homer TD run, pushing Miami’s lead from one point to eight.

People asked, "why not manage the clock," Richt said. "We’ve got to do what we think gives us the best chance to score points… One reason Homer broke out on that run was because we were playing with tempo" and as Richt noted, the Syracuse nose tackle was out of his gap.

"We’re trying to score, baby!" Richt said. "We’re going with normal tempo because it gave us the best shot to put the ball in the end zone."

• Richt says there’s something intangible about this team. "Sometimes you run into a season with chemistry just right and that’s one of those years."

• Richt has been using running back Travis Homer a lot in the passing game and Richt said injured Mark Walton good-naturedly said to him, "What’s up with putting the running back at receiver? What about me?"

Richt was amused, noting that Homer "runs good routes, has good hands" and that Walton could do the same thing if healthy.

UM would love if Walton returns for his senior season instead of turning pro, but that remains to be seen.

• From Hurricane Hotline, here was basketball coach Jim Larranaga’s update on five-star freshman guard Lonnie Walker, who is coming off knee surgery this summer:

"Lonnie had surgery July 14 and sat out until last week. We had him doing some drills where there was no defense or no offense. Our trainer and strength coach have done an amazing job with him. Javier Gimenez is a terrific trainer, been with Lonnie every day on his rehab. Lonnie is getting in better and better shape, a little rusty but he played 20 minutes of competition on Saturday and scored six points. That was a good workout for him with his first time competingin over three months."

Joe Zagacki asked Larranaga what is Walker's strength.

"The very first thing fans will notice is his straight away speed and jumping ability," Larranaga said. "He can fly down the court. He and [freshman point guard] Chris Lykes and [sophomore guard] Bruce Brown are three of the highest level athletes I've ever coached, in the category of the speed and quickness of a Shane Larkin.”

UM opens Nov. 10 against Gardner Webb.

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