When Malik Rosier Jr. arrived at the University of Miami with the intention of being the Hurricanes' next starting quarterback, he ran into a harsh reality check from UM coach Mark Richt, who watched Rosier go through some early training camp drills and told him: "You will never play for me unless you clean up your poor mechanics and bad practice habits.''
Rosier was also attempting to replace Brad Kaaya, the all time passing leader in UM history.
Fast forward the timeline a few years and you have the following developments:
Miami is 6-0 overall, 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. has posted an 11-game winning streak over 1 1/2 seasons, the longest winning streak at Miami in 15 years. The Canes are also the only unbeaten team in the ACC and ranked 8th in the country.
While the nature of the victories in the last three games--decided by a total of 13 points--could cause some doubts about the overall quality of the Canes' program--there are fewer questions about their ability to win games at crunch time.
And providing the leadership at QB for Miami is Rosier, who has had three highlight, final minute, final seconds scoring drives which turned potential L's into W's for the Canes.
The latest came on Saturday in an 8-point win over Syracuse, which was coming off a stunning upset of defending national champion Clemson the week before and was now threatening to soil UM's unbeaten record.
Rosier, as he had done when throwing a game winning TD pass at FSU three weeks ago and two weeks ago when leading the Canes on a scoring drive which ended with a game-winning field goal in the final seconds, was the catalyst again against Syracuse, as the Canes preserved their lead with a 33-yard TD run by Travis Homer with 2:48 remaining.
Richt has no problems with Rosier's work ethic or his performance in the clutch, which is why Malik Rosier is TMG's Newsmaker of the Week.