Spring practices may have just started, but Miami Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier sounded in midseason form during an interview with The Palm Beach Post on Friday.
Actually, he was so angry, it sounded as though he was getting hyped up for a championship game.
“It kind of pisses me off the fact that we lost the last three games,” Rosier said according to The Palm Beach Post. “That’s not how you want to end any season.
“So I kind of have a chip on my shoulder about that. I’m not really humbled by it, I’m more pissed off. We have a point to prove now. We’ve got a lot of guys back, so if we don’t come in and dominant the ACC, something’s wrong.”
The bubble burst on Miami’s magical 2017 season the day after Thanksgiving. The Hurricanes fell on the road against the Pitt Panthers in the regular-season finale, and then they were embarrassed in the ACC Championship versus Clemson, 38-3.
To conclude the season, Miami fell to Wisconsin, 34-24, in the Orange Bowl. That defeat was particularly excruciating since it was a defacto home game for the Hurricanes.
Rosier played poorly in all three of those losses. In those three games, he completed under 45 percent of his passes and averaged just 5.6 yards per attempt. Rosier also threw 3 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in the three defeats.
Miami was undefeated before it ended its season on a 3-game losing streak, but the Hurricanes were far from dominant most weeks. They needed last-minute heroics to beat both Florida State and Georgia Tech. Miami also trailed Virginia at halftime and only beat North Carolina, who was the worst team in the ACC, by 5 points.
That’s what makes Rosier’s comments so interesting. While the Hurricanes will enter this season as the favorite to win the ACC Coastal Division, they have a lot of work to do in order to become the conference’s most dominant team. And it starts with Rosier improving his play against the better competition.
With that in mind, maybe the angry attitude from Rosier is exactly what Miami needs.
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