Miami football finally makes obvious official naming D’Eriq King starting QB

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 27: (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 27: (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Miami football program made the obvious official on Monday naming graduate transfer D’Eriq King the starting quarterback.

The Miami football program finally made the announcement everyone expected during the offseason naming graduate transfer D’Eriq King the starting quarterback on Monday. Head coach Manny Diaz cited the leadership King has shown since arriving in Coral Gables in January as the reason he will be the starter.

King earned his position over returnees, redshirt juniors N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell and redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha. Miami adds incoming freshman Tyler VanDyke at QB in the Class of 2020. King transferred to Miami where he will lead the Hurricanes new offense led by new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

Lashlee is installing an up-tempo, spread offense with Miami after two years at SMU. King is the ideal dual-threat QB to run what Lashlee is trying to do. In 78 starts for Houston, King had 4,295 passing yards, 1,421 rushing yards and accounted for 78 touchdowns. He is the best QB Miami should have since Brad Kaaya left in 2016.

Diaz mentioned the leadership that King has shown during mat drills, the abbreviated four spring practices the Hurricanes held in March and through virtual meetings and summer activities Miami has held. Leadership in the QB room was severely lacking for Miami during the 2018 season which Miami went 6-7.

"“D’Eriq’s hard work both on and off the field has earned him the starting quarterback position…His leadership qualities have been evident since he arrived on campus, continuing through mat drills, spring practice, our virtual meetings and summer activities.We’re excited to see him lead this offense and I know his teammates are excited as well.”"

In 2019 Miami QBs, Jarren Williams, Perry and Martell threw for 3,238 yards, 27 TDs and 10 interceptions. The performances primarily from Perry an Williams were worse than the overall numbers. A lack of leadership and inconsistency doomed Miami throughout the 2019 season.

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King will provide Miami with a proven leader and stabilize the QB room for the Hurricanes. The addition of King leading the QB unit for the Miami football program in 2020 should set the foundation for the position for the Hurricanes in the future. The presence of King will be felt far beyond the 2020 season.