Miami Hurricanes QB Jacurri Brown will play for first time this season in bowl game

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The University of Miami will have a scholarship quarterback for its soon-to-be-revealed bowl game.

And that quarterback hasn’t played a signal snap all season.

The Miami Herald confirmed through a source on Wednesday that UM sophomore quarterback Jacurri Brown will start later next month in the bowl, as fourth-year junior Tyler Van Dyke announced this week that he is entering the transfer portal.

With Van Dyke’s UM career over, Brown, who played in eight games last season as a backup and started two of them, is the Hurricanes’ only remaining healthy scholarship. If Brown hadn’t committed to coaches that he would play in the bowl, UM would only have four walk-on quarterbacks listed on it roster. None of them have played.

Coaches indicated earlier this season that they were going to limit Brown’s playing time to four games or fewer so he could gain an extra season of eligibility by redshirting. But after freshman quarterback Emory Williams broke his left arm in his first start Nov. 10 against Florida State, most wondered why Brown still hadn’t seen any action. Some believe Brown requested that he not play this season, giving him the option to return to UM next season as a redshirt sophomore, or transfer.

Brown will retain his eligibility, and be classified as a redshirt sophomore next season — whether he chooses to stay at UM or not.

Brown, 6-4 and 220 pounds, is from Valdosta, Georgia. Last season, he was 27 of 45 (60 percent) for 230 yards and three touchdowns, with three interceptions. His two starts included a great performance Nov. 12, 2022 in his first start at GT (14 of 19 for 136 yards and three touchdowns, with 87 yards rushing), a 35-14 UM victory.

Brown also started at Clemson in UM’s penultimate game ‘22 game. He was hit hard and sacked three times, completing 6 of 13 passes for 53 yards and no touchdowns, with one interception. He was sacked six times in 2022.

He ran for 223 total yards last season.

“We made the decision in the beginning of the year to save his year and use him as an emergency quarterback,’’ UM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson told reporters Oct. 30.

The emergency has arrived.

UM, 7-5 this season, will learn its bowl destination on Sunday.

Last year, the Canes finished 5-7 and didn’t qualify for the postseason. In 2021, Miami was to play Washington State in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, but pulled out because of a UM COVID-19 outbreak.

The Hurricanes are 1-10 in their past 11 bowls. The last UM bowl victory was on Dec. 28, 2016 against West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.