Quarterback N’Kosi Perry will not be making the trip to Arlington, Texas, for the Hurricanes’ season opener against LSU due to a violation of team rules, the University of Miami announced Saturday morning.
After serving the one-game suspension, the redshirt freshman will be eligible to play in the Hurricanes’ home opener against Savannah State in Week 2 on Sept. 8.
“We took some disciplinary action with N’Kosi but he has since responded well and made some positive changes,” Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said in a statement released by UM. “He is in good standing going forward and we look forward to seeing him dress for our home opener, and through the rest of the season.”
Perry has been competing with fellow redshirt freshman Cade Weldon to be the Hurricanes’ No. 2 quarterback behind starter Malik Rosier. Perry has taken most of the No. 2 quarterbacks reps in practice, but Weldon is now expected to be Miami’s backup option against LSU on Sunday with Perry suspended.
True freshman Jarren Williams has been practicing as the fourth-string quarterback, but will likely move to No. 3 on the depth chart in Perry’s absence.
Perry, an Ocala native, signed with the Hurricanes as a consensus four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect in 2017. But he’s still waiting to throw his first pass in a college game after serving as a member of Miami’s scout team and redshirting in his first season with the program last year.
“I’m very impressed with N’Kosi,” Hurricanes quarterbacks coach Jon Richt said in August. “He’s done a great job. He’s actually, during the summer I think he got a little tired at some point. Because like I said, it’s a long summer. It’s a grind non-stop for these guys. But then in the past two months, the dude has really turned it on and has done a great job focusing and is coming with a whole new attitude. He’s doing an awesome job for us right now.”