CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – Coming into this season it was well-known that the Miami Hurricanes were looking for a new starting quarterback.
With Brad Kaaya moving on to the NFL, Miami had a void at the post important position in football.
Head coach Mark Richt said that every quarterback on the roster entered spring practices with a clean slate and would have a chance to win the job.
It wasn’t long into the spring workouts before Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs emerged as co-leaders in the QB battle.
“The good news is we have guys that know what they’re doing,” Richt said Monday on WQAM. “Shirreffs and Rosier are more ready to play than the other guys.”
That, combined with top recruit N’Kosi Perry coming to join the Miami quarterbacks next month, has led to one man dropping out of the race.
The Hurricanes announced on Tuesday that Jack Allison was leaving the football program, just four days after Miami’s spring practices concluded.
“Jack approached me and indicated that he felt like he would have more opportunities for playing time at another program,” Richt said in a statement released by UM on Tuesday. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
He redshirted with the Canes last season and was hoping to climb the depth chart in 2017, but that plan just didn’t materialize for the Parrish, Florida native.
Allison had a strong performance in Miami’s final spring scrimmage, completing 11 of 15 passes for 100 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Richt considered Allison and fellow quarterbacks Vincent Testaverde and Cade Weldon as the co-number three’s. Miami’s coach also said that when Perry arrives, he will certainly be given an opportunity to win the starting job.
It is unknown where Allison intends to go but it’s likely that he chooses a school where he has a better-than-not chance of playing.