Miami Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King expects to return for 2021 if 2020 is cancelled

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 27: (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Speaking after practice on Saturday night, Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King said he expects to return in 2021 if the 2020 college football season is canceled.

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the D’Eriq King as the quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes in 2020. The specter of the 2020 college football season being canceled could dampen the enthusiasm surrounding King playing for Miami. King stated on Saturday that he would return for the 2021 season if 2020 is canceled.

That is encouraging for followers of the Miami football program in uncertain times. King is a dynamic quarterback who brings a dimension to the Hurricanes that has not been seen before. King threw for 4,925 yards, 50 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and ran for 1,421 yards and 28 TDs at Houston.

With all the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 college football season, King and his teammates are taking the approach of focusing on every day. King is getting acclimated to his Hurricanes teammates after four practices this spring and two so far during August training camp. King is also learning a new offense.

Rhett Lashlee was hired by Manny Diaz to install an up-tempo spread offense to replace the antiquated pro-style offense preferred by the last two Miami offensive coaching staffs. The Hurricanes tradition drew King’s interests and the hiring of Lashlee sealed his decision to transfer to Miami.

"“That’d be the plan…but, like I said, I’m going to take it day by day. I have no idea what’s going to happen, but we had a pretty good practice today and I’m just focused on practice tomorrow.”"

King brings the perfect skill set passing and running to be the QB in what Lashlee calls the power spread. Entering the 2020 season, King has an FBS record rushing and passing in TD 15 straight games. The dual-threat ability King has should help take the pressure off of an offensive line that struggled in 2019.

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The presence of King in the Miami football program also provides leadership at a position that the Hurricanes have desperately needed. If King is still on the Miami roster or not in 2021, he should have a lasting effect over the next few seasons. His dedication at QB will set a much-needed example for the younger players.