Vinny Testaverde is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play at Miami. Following a Heisman Trophy season in 1986, Testaverde was the No. 1 overall draft pick in April of 1987. He went on to play 21 seasons for seven different NFL teams.
Now his son will have the opportunity to be a Hurricane as well.
Vincent has announced that he will be transferring to the University of Miami. Even though he was a walk-on at Texas Tech, he will be forced to sit out the 2015 season because of NCAA transfer rules (which state that a player can not practice for more than a 14-day window with his previous school).
Testaverde, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, played his senior season of high school at Jesuit High in Tampa in 2013. He finished the season with 1,103 yards and nine touchdowns. He played most of Texas Tech's game against Texas this past season because of other injuries at the position. He finished the game 15-of-26 for 116 yards and one interception.
The Hurricanes will welcome any help they can get at the quarterback position. With Ryan Williams and Jake Heaps moving on, the Canes return just two scholarship quarterbacks in the spring of 2015. Brad Kaaya appears to have a very bright future here while it's unclear how they view the development of Mallik Rosier, who redshirted in 2014.
Testaverde will likely be given a chance to compete for the backup job with Rosier starting in the spring of 2016. The Hurricanes recently lost a commitment from 4-star Dwayne Lawson, who recently committed to Virginia Tech, and are now recruiting some under-the-radar quarterbacks for the 2015 class. The Canes have an early commitment from 2016 quarterback Jack Allison, who's expected to be Kaaya's likely replacement down the road.
Depth will certainly be an issue for the Canes in 2015. While Kaaya will likely give them one of the league's best quarterbacks, the depth will be really thin behind him.
Testaverde simply doesn't have the size, physical makeup, or arm talent than his father possessed for so many years but he's a bright kid with a good football mind. All indications are that he's willing to put in the work and hopefully he'll be able to provide Rosier and Allison (assuming his commitment sticks over the next 13 months) a challenge for the No. 2 job beginning in 2016.