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Al Golden wants even more QB's at Miami

Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: May 23, 2011 11:07 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

One of the major storylines of Miami's offseason has been the ongoing competition at the starting quarterback position. Head coach Al Golden elected to keep the race open through the summer, as he felt neither Jacory Harris nor Stephen Morris had truly "won" the job. Golden, a former defensive coordinator at the University of Virginia, has been particularly vocal about the quarterback position - even telling the Palm Beach Post that he'd like to have "five or six quarterbacks."

"Right now, we're still not where we want to be. We need five or six quarterbacks. We're looking. If you're a talented recruit out there and you're looking for a chance to impact a program, it's still a great opportunity for you."

The topic came up after Golden landed a commitment from former Memphis starting quarterback Ryan Williams. Williams will transfer immediately, then be eligible to play beginning in 2012. Along with Williams and Morris, Miami already has a firm commitment from Gray Crow - one of the top ranked quarterbacks in the state. Golden has also said that he hopes to sign "at least one quarterback" who can enroll in January 2012 to take part in spring practice.

"If you're a rising senior and you have an opportunity to compete against only two quarterbacks – Ryan and Stephen – come January, that's the best deal going in college football," Golden said. "On the first day, you're getting reps with (the second-team offense) and if you're doing good, you can get reps with the (first-team offense). I think it's an incredible opportunity for someone."

Golden's first months on the job have been eventful, to say the least. There have been the normal slew of offseason troubles, which have led to some hasty transfers and dismissals. But the focus off the offseason continues to be a return to the top. Since arriving in the ACC in 2004, the Hurricanes' momentum has sputtered from the four straight Big East titles from 2000-2003. Golden has made no secrets about his goal for change around the program. As long as it results in competing for ACC titles, Hurricanes fans will have no problem with his surprising personnel decisions.

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:16 am

Al Golden wants even more QB's at Miami

One thing is for sure tho...UM has an awesome program with tons of respect and support...I wish them the best of luck and will be cheering for them to beat the crap out of the Ohio State....

Since: May 5, 2011
Posted on: May 24, 2011 8:13 am

Al Golden wants even more QB's at Miami

The best thing Golden can do is sit Harris on the bench...I didn't follow J Harris close but what I have seen of him and have read it seems as tho he's not up to par...and because of Randy not wanting to sit J Harris out and go a different direction...that is what cost him his job.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:46 pm

Al Golden wants even more QB's at Miami

I always thought that Miami had the better football program compared to Florida or Florida State. Maybe I'm a bit biased in saying that given that most of the Florida and Florida State athletes never made a huge positive impact with the 49ers. Dexter Carter, Reggie McGrew....NFL washouts! But Frank Gore from Miami...simply amazing.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:53 pm

Al Golden wants even more QB's at Miami

All the Canes football program needs is a competent quarterback that is efficient and accurate. Not since Ken Dorsey has the Hurricanes had an impactful signal caller that can read defenses and pick them apart. Dorsey did not have a great arm yet he was one of the most successful Hurricane quarterbacks in history; rivaling such greats as Gino Torreta, Bernie Kosar, and Jim Kelly.

The Gray Crow commitment is huge. He is a QB with size, mobility and a great arm. I hope that these new recruits and tranfers, like Memphis' Ryan Williams, can be developed into playmakers. Needless to say, Jacory Harris has not improved in his three years and a strong argument can be made that he regressed while playing for coach Randy Shannon. And, I'm not so sure that Stephen Morris is the right guy either. Too many bad decisions.

The sign of a great collegiate football program is having your recruits develop the skills to be better and better as time passes. Shannon's tenure saw none of that. His recruits were consistently inconsistent. I hope coach Golden can do better. So far, I think he's done and said all the right things. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Let's see what happens in the 2011 campaign. I'm hopeful.

Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:54 am

Al Golden wants even more QB's at Miami

Hey, why not.

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