Rhett Lashlee pleased with Miami Hurricanes QB play

MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 19: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 19: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

New Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has been pleased with the play of the quarterbacks through the first two scrimmages.

The addition of graduate transfer D’Eriq King has given a boost to the Miami Hurricanes quarterback unit for the 2020 season. Through the first two scrimmages, new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has been pleased with the play of King and other Miami QBs.

King threw four touchdown passes in the first scrimmage last Sunday. The former Houston QB was not as productive in the second scrimmage Saturday night, but Lashlee was pleased that King has not had a turnover yet. Redshirt junior N’Kosi Perry is the projected second-team QB in 2020 behind King.

Perry has played in 19 games and made nine starts the past two seasons after redshirting as a true freshman in 2017. The Miami offense thrived in the first scrimmage but the first-team defense was missing starters, graduate transfer defensive end Quincy Roche and seniors, defensive tackle Jon Ford and safety Amari Carter.

King transferred to Miami to acquire more experience playing against a Power Five conference schedule. Miami wanted King to upgrade what was very inconsistent play and leadership at QB in 2020. Perry gives the Hurricanes experience behind King. A season of learning with two years of eligibility after that will help Perry.

"“D’Eriq has been pretty steady…The best thing is he hasn’t turned the ball over in either scrimmage. Our first offense hasn’t turned the ball over. That’s been really good to see. At the same time you have to make plays. The first scrimmage he really set the tone for our guys.He’ll be the first to tell you he wasn’t as sharp the second scrimmage. But he knows what to do with it, is going against a really good defense which makes him better. Overall I’ve been pleased; he gives us a chance to win football games.N’Kosi Perry has been solid. He’s a guy who has played a lot of ball. Tyler took a really nice step in the second scrimmage. You look at a young guy in scrimmage one got his feet wet, did some good things, I saw a good jump in the second scrimmage, looked much more comfortable.And Peyton Matocha, Tate Martell, [walk-on] Ryan Rizk have made steps as well.”"

Lashlee discussed the play of King and the other QBs on the Miami roster on the Joe Rose Show on WQAM on Monday morning. One of the more impressive stats to come out of the second scrimmage was from true freshman QB Tyler Van Dyke. Van Dyke was 4-5 for 205 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

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Van Dyke is projected to be Miami’s QB of the future. With Perry and redshirt junior Tate Martell now having three more seasons instead of two with the added year of eligibility from the NCAA it will be interesting to see how the Miami depth chart develops at QB. King gained a second year of eligibility at Miami.