- Nov 5, 2011
Gabriel Baumgaertner: Miami
The Hurricanes offer Zaire a wealth of options that could benefit him in his one-year stint. An NFL-caliber quarterback (Brad Kaaya) just left a promising young team led by a coach who knows how to win fast (Mark Richt).
The Hurricanes are probably most keen on developing Jack Allison, a 6’4” local product who looks like the QB of the future, but he’s only a redshirt freshman. Last year’s backup, Malik Rosier, is the only player on the roster with any game experience, but his accuracy raises serious questions. Rosier played well in his one start last season—he went 20 for 29 for 272 yards with two touchdowns in a win over Duke—but that’s his only significant experience outside of appearances in blowout wins.
In picking Miami, Zaire can work with Richt, a talented QB developer, and a thrilling wideout in junior Braxton Berrios. Miami probably doesn’t exceed eight wins this season, but Zaire can function as a bridge to develop younger QBs and boost Richt’s offense.