An article posted on Wednesday 247 Sports omitted Miami Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King from a list of players they stated are the most dynamic playmakers in college football. King’s accomplishments compare favorably with the 10 players listed.
In the last full season he played in 2018, Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King was responsible for 50 touchdowns, nearly 3,000 yards passing and 674 yards rushing in 11 games. King is one of the most dynamic playmakers in college football and should be acknowledged as such.
In an article posted Wednesday, King was omitted from a list by 247Sports “Ranking college football’s 10 most dynamic playmakers.” King has accomplished more than the majority of the players that 247Sports ranked. The easiest comparison is King to the other QBs on the list.
It is difficult to compare King to the wide receivers and running backs listed. However, King played WR at Houston before becoming returning to his natural position of QB and has shown to be a threat to score every time he runs the football. King has passing, rushing, receiving and a kickoff return touchdown in his career.
Three ACC players are listed ahead of King. Miami will play two of them in 2020. Miami hosts WRs. North Carolina and Dyami Brown on October 24 and Florida State and Tamorrian Terry November 7. King should be challenged by the competition on the other side. The Miami Hurricanes defense will focus on those players.
10. DYAMI BROWN, WR, NORTH CAROLINA
9. JAYLEN WADDLE, WR, ALABAMA
8. TAMORRION TERRY, WR, FLORIDA STATE
7. DESMOND RIDDER, QB, CINCINNATI
6. KENNY GAINWELL, RB, MEMPHIS
5. KELLEN MOND, QB, TEXAS A&M
4. JOURNEY BROWN, RB, PENN STATE
3. CHUBA HUBBARD, RB, OKLAHOMA STATE
2. JOHN RHYS PLUMLEE, QB, OLE MISS
1. TRAVIS ETIENNE, RB, CLEMSON
The stats achieved by Ridder, Mond and Plumlee do not compare to what King has accomplished during his career. On Plumlee’s sports reference page, his rushing totals are listed ahead of his passing totals. Most QBs have their passing totals at the top. Plumlee is basically a RB playing QB.
In one season as the starting QB for Mississippi in 2019, Plumlee ran for 1,023 yards and 12 TDs and threw for 910 yards, four TDs and three interceptions. With Lane Kiffin hired as the new Rebels coach, Plumlee is going to have to prove the ability to be able to throw the football or he will be nowhere close to dynamic.
King has proven equally adept as a passer and runner. As a freshman and sophomore in 2016 and 2017, King caught 59 passes for 504 yards and three TDs and had 10 kickoff returns for 254 yards and a touchdown in 2016. He has proven the ability to do it all on offense and special teams in college.
In two seasons as the starting QB for Cincinnati, Ridder has thrown for 4,609 yards, 38 TDs and 14 interceptions with 1,233 yards rushing and 10 TDs. Mond is the one QB on the list with numbers that exceeded King. Mond has 7,379 yards, 52 TDs and 24 interceptions passing and added 1,314 yards and 18 TDs rushing.
King started 22 games at QB for Houston from 2017-19. Injuries at the end of the 2017 season caused King to miss games and he redshirted after four games in 2019. In his career, King has thrown for 4,925 yards, 50 TDs and 10 interceptions and run for 1,421 yards and 28 TDs. Those numbers stunt Ridder and Plumlee.
King enters 2020 with an FBS record 15 straight games with a passing and rushing TD. That broke the previous record set by Florida Heisman Trophy winner and National Championship QB Tim Tebow. King belongs in the top five, much less the top 10 dynamic players nationally. Certainly ahead of Plumlee and Ridder.