Scouting Miami: Williams selected as Hurricanes’ starting quarterback

Miami Jarren Williams passes during a practice in Coral Gables last Thursday. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

CORAL GABLES — Jarren Williams committed to Miami in 2017, then spent 2018 waiting for playing time that never came.

In 2019, his turn has arrived.

The Hurricanes have decided on their starting quarterback — and Williams got the nod, beating out incumbent starter N’Kosi Perry and highly touted Ohio State transfer Tate Martell for the job. Miami coach Manny Diaz made the announcement Monday, saying he still believes that the Hurricanes can win with any of those three quarterbacks.

“However, we feel like Jarren has the greatest upside due to his passing ability, his instincts and his determination,” Diaz said.

Williams appeared in just one game for Miami last season, completing one of three passes and rushing for a short touchdown. In a statement distributed by the school, Williams said “it means the world” to be Miami’s starter.

“Having the opportunity to lead this team is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am going to take full advantage of it,” Williams said.

The competition between Perry and Martell is still open for the backup spot, and Diaz said that will continue as the team prepares for its Aug. 24 season-opener against Florida. But getting a starter picked solves one of the major riddles that Diaz and new offensive coordinator Dan Enos have been facing over the past several months.

“All three guys showed tremendous improvement and development, which is a credit to their hard work and the work of Dan Enos and his offensive staff,” Diaz said.

Miami desperately needs upgraded performance in the passing game this season.

The Hurricanes finished last season with only 19 touchdown passes and 2,175 passing yards — the program’s lowest total in 11 years. Out of 130 FBS schools nationally, Miami ranked 108th in passing yards and 118th in completion percentage in 2018.

“I think I’ve progressed a lot under coach Enos,” Williams said. “Being able to go out there and get meaningful reps with the 1s and really get the speed of the game down and get chemistry together is so important. I feel like it is night and day if you watched from the spring until now. I feel like I have gotten a lot better, but my goal is perfection and I am still striving for that.”

Perry split time with now-graduated Malik Rosier at quarterback for Miami last season. Martell transferred in from Ohio State, where he completed 23 of 28 passes a year ago.


  1. Have to give Jarren Williams some respect for winning the job. There’s talent and experience in the Miami huddle to draw upon.

    Tough draw for Williams against this Gator secondary and defense if we stuff the run and force him into passing situations.

  2. And transfer Tate Martell threw a tantrum in the locker rooms and didn’t show up for practice the next day after Williams was announced too. How about that for team chemistry?

    Btw, Williams is a RS Frosh who is 1 for 3 passing for 17 yards in the one game he played in last year, and he’s had to learn a new offensive system since then too.

    I’ll say it now… I’ll be surprised if Miami even scores a TD on our defense when we play.

  3. Williams was the #5 rated pocket passer coming out of high-school, so he is not just some random clown. When they play us, I fully expect he and the rest of the Hurrilames to find out this ain’t the ACC. Once we beat them, though, he should be fine carving up the pathetic ACC teams he’ll face.

  4. Williams should find out very quickly if he can play against an SEC defense. I have no film on him, either as a passer or runner, but I knew Gators would eat Martell’s lunch and serve dessert afterwards.