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.