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September 11, 2018 at 9:04 pm.

Richt gets look at backup QBs

Coach Mark Richt got a look at all three of Miami’s backup quarterbacks in last week’s 77-0 rout of Savannah State, but senior Malik Rosier will start Saturday when the Hurricanes play at Toledo.

Rosier was 8-of-12 passing for 131 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a quarterback sneak as the Hurricanes (2-0) snapped their losing streak at four games.

A pair of redshirt freshmen, N’Kosi Perry and Casey Weldon, took over in the second and then third quarter before true freshman Jarren Williams finished the game behind center.

Perry was 9-of-14 for 93 yards and three touchdowns, Weldon 1-of-2 for 14 yards, and Williams 1-of-3 for 17 yards. Weldon and Williams also rushed for touchdowns.

Richt was asked at his weekly media conference if Perry, who was in for more plays than the other two, had done enough to elevate his status to a clear No. 2 behind Rosier.

“We haven’t defined that,” Richt said. “I thought he did well. I thought Weldon did well.”

Perry was intercepted once, and Weldon’s first pass attempt nearly was picked off, though Richt took the blame for that for calling the wrong play.

“I felt like I set him up for failure on that particular play,” Richt said. “But everything else, he did extremely well.”

Weldon scored on a 16-yard run on the very next play.

Richt expressed confidence in Rosier, who had gone through a string of four consecutive games (all losses) with a sub-.500 in completion percentage before breaking out against the overmatched FCS foe.

The coach is confident that Rosier, who won his first 11 collegiate starts including one as a redshirt freshman in 2015, can improve his accuracy. Rosier was coming off a 15-of-35 performance with two picks in the loss to LSU in the opener.

“I think he can,” Richt said. “The bottom line is we’re going to play who we think gives us the best chance of winning. That’s what we’re doing, bottom line. As long as he is that, he’ll start.

“If we think someone else gives us a better chance to win, we’ll start that guy.”