Think of all of the great college quarterbacks that have been produced by The U. Saturday, Jarren Williams became the greatest of them all — at least in one category.
Following a much-discussed quarterback competition, Williams began the season as Miami’s starting quarterback. After starting the first five games, a shoulder injury knocked the redshirt freshman out for the next two; a non-football issue sidelined him for another.
Williams regained the job in the week leading into last Saturday’s game against Florida State, helping the Hurricanes to its most lopsided win over its rival since 2001 and triggering the fire of FSU’s head football coach. A week later, Williams led Miami, 2-3 at one point this season, to its third straight win and fourth in five games as The U overwhelmed Louisville 52-27.
It was a historic performance for Williams personally as he tossed six touchdown passes in just 21 attempts. The half-dozen scoring tosses set the football program’s single-game record.
Even better than Williams’ record-setting performance is that Miami remains in the hunt in the ACC Coastal.
With a win over Georgia Tech earlier Saturday, Virginia sits atop the division at 5-2 with one conference game remaining (Virginia Tech). While Miami is at 4-3, they won the head-to-head tiebreaker over Virginia as they dropped the Cavaliers 17-9 earlier this season. With one league game left (at Duke), Miami could claim the division if they win that game and Virginia loses their rivalry game — maybe, as four other teams are still a part of the divisional equation.
Tech (3-2), Pitt (3-2), North Carolina (3-3) and even Duke (2-3) all have varying degrees of a shot at the Coastal.