Barry Jackson

Here are some revealing numbers behind the Hurricanes’ Rosier/Perry change at UM

A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Tuesday:

If N’Kosi Perry starts against North Carolina — as many around the program expect — we will start to see if several clear differences with Malik Rosier sustain themselves in larger sample sizes. A couple notable ones:

1) Perry, completing 66.7 percent of his passes this season, has been more accurate than Rosier, whose 52.1 percent completion rate ranks 113 of 128 major college quarterbacks.

But the accuracy issues particularly come into play with intermediate throws.

According to records kept by the Herald and Herald correspondent Daniel Gould, Rosier has completed just 6 of 13 passes this season on balls thrown between 10 and 19 yards. That’s simply not good enough.

By comparison, Perry was three for four on those types of throws, for 52 yards, and two touchdowns, against FIU.

On passes shorter than 10 yards, Perry was 12 for 15 against FIU. Rosier was 24 of 40 on those throws this season.

2) According to Pro Football Focus, Perry has completed 68.5 percent of his passes with a clean pocket and Rosier 59.3 percent. When facing pressure, Rosier is 6 for 20, Perry 2 for 4.

The caveat is that the sample size for Perry is small. The other thing worth noting is that Rosier often throws a good deep ball; he’s 8 for 20 on passes thrown at least 20 yards in the air this season. Perry was 2 for 6 on such throws against FIU, with one going for a touchdown.

We’re told Perry took a lot of first-team snaps this week. But Mark Richt appears determined to keep his decision a secret, just as North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is doing with his quarterback decision this week.

UM people are pleased with how Rosier and Perry have been handling this quarterback issue this week.

“I think both of those guys have really good attitudes,” offensive coordinator Thomas Brown said. “I think they root for each other, celebrate with each other when guys have success. Obviously, everybody wants to play. I don’t care what role you have, whether you’re the starter or second-string guy. You want to have more reps. They’ve done a really good job of coming together, helping each other out and attitude’s been good.”

Safety Jaquan Johnson’s status remains in question for Thursday, but UM was very pleased with how Amari Carter played in his place against FIU.

Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said Carter, against FIU, was “calm, under control, made all the checks. Played like a smart guy — knew what the play was before it happened. We know that Amari will tackle and he runs to the ball, is tough. He looked like a starter, which is encouraging to see.”

What’s mystifying to UM about punter Zach Feagles is how much his performance drops from practices to games.

“If you guys came to practice and watched [you would be impressed],” Richt said on WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline. “In the game, he struggled and we all see it. I feel for the kid. I believe in him, I still do. Whether it’s this weekend or not, I don’t know. He will get there. He’s got to catch that bad boy, get your perfect drop and boom that thing. Somewhere along the line, there’s been a little disconnect. Confidence can be shaken but it’s not broken.”

Feagles reportedly will be replaced by Jack Spicer against UNC.

Couple TV notes: The Oct. 6 FSU-at-UM game will either be at 3:30 p.m. on ABC or ESPN or 8 p.m. on ABC … ESPN assigned Dave Flemming, former UM and NFL standout Jonathan Vilma and Gene Chizik to Thursday’s UM-UNC game. Chizik, the former Auburn coach, was defensive coordinator for UNC the last time the Hurricanes lost to the Tar Heels in 2016.

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