Ranking the Roster: QB

The start of the college football season is now less than two months away so lets take a closer look at Miami's roster. We will breakdown each position heading into fall camp, and today we look at the quarterbacks.

1. Brad Kaaya -- Far and away the most important player on the team in terms of projecting how well the team will do this season, Kaaya is right on track to becoming an elite quarterback at this level. He was heavily recruited out of high school. The size and arm talent are about as good as you'll find for sophomore quarterbacks in college football. He showed off the ability to grasp the offense and become a leader very early in his career when he beat out a couple seniors for the starting job last fall. He went on to have the best freshman season of any UM quarterback ever. He lost a lot of his best weapons that helped make his freshman season such a success and that is something that concerns some people. However, he will have another year in James Coley's offense and should make big enough jumps in his own game that will offset the losses of players like Duke Johnson, Ereck Flowers, Phillip Dorsett, and Clive Walford. A lot is riding on Kaaya having a successful season, and it should be fun to watch it unfold.

2. Malik Rosier -- One of four lightly recruited quarterbacks on this list, Rosier was brought here to be a dual-threat quarterback. He has a very strong arm and he's athletic enough to make a lot of things happen with his feet. He redshirted last season and then spent a good chunk of the spring playing on UM's baseball team. Those are reasons why some people believe that he may not end up being Kaaya's primary backup this coming season. He's very unproven and no one really knows what to expect. He should get some chances -- perhaps even specific packages designed to suit his talents -- this fall.

3. Vincent Testaverde -- After playing just two years of high school football in the Tampa area, Testaverde was very lightly recruited and ended up walking on at Texas Tech. He played the majority of their game against Texas and completed 15-of-26 for 116 yards and an interception. At 6-foot-1, he lacks ideal size but is considered a good student of the game and played well at times when given the opportunity here in the spring. He is eligible to play right away here in 2015 since he was not on scholarship at Texas Tech. He will likely push Rosier for the top backup spot to Kaaya.

4. Gray Crow -- A lightly recruited player a few years ago, Crow struggled to see the field his first couple years and was actually moved to H-Back for a short period of time last year. He's back at quarterback now but his upside seems limited. He'll likely have a hard time seeing the field this fall, especially with the transfer of Testaverde.

5. Evan Shirreffs -- A lightly recruited incoming freshman from the state of Georgia, all we really know about this kid is that he has ideal height (6-6/190) and he led his team to a state championship as a senior. It's strange when 6-6 quarterbacks who win state titles only get one FBS offer. We should learn a lot more about him this fall but he's likely headed toward a redshirt season.


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