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No. 18 Miami taps Malik Rosier as starting quarterback

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Malik Rosier will open the season as the starting quarterback for the No. 18 Miami Hurricanes, coach Mark Richt announced Tuesday.

Rosier won the job over N'Kosi Perry and Evan Shirreffs and is replacing Brad Kaaya, the three-year starter who became Miami's career leader in passing yardage and is now with the Detroit Lions.

Rosier has passed for 370 yards at Miam, including one start -- a win over Duke in 2015. That was the game in which the Hurricanes needed eight laterals on the final kickoff return for a touchdown to win the game as time expired.

Rosier threw only four passes last season.

"The optimism is high," wide receiver Braxton Berrios said earlier in camp. "We know that whoever it is, we are going to be fine. We are going to have a plan and we are going to go about our business as usual."

Miami opens the season at home on Sept. 2 against Bethune-Cookman.

Even with the uncertainty at quarterback, Miami was still picked as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.

Miami ended last season on a five-game winning streak, tied for the seventh-longest active streak among FBS teams.

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