One Day to Miami football: D’Eriq King and Nesta Silvera impacts

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Graduate transfer quarterback D’Eriq King and junior defensive tackle Nesta Silvera can both have significant impacts on the Miami football team in 2020.

An upgrade at quarterback and more consistency at defensive tackle are key attributes the Miami football team needs to be successful in 2020. D’Eriq King is a huge improvement for the Hurricanes at QB in 2020. Junior defensive tackle Nesta Silvera will be part of the first-team defensive tackles with senior Jon Ford.

King has received a lot of accolades for the multi-dimensional talent he brings to playing QB. The stats and accomplishments King achieved at Houston have been well documented in the eight months he has been a part of the Miami football program. King will have a chance to begin writing his Miami chapter Thursday.

The expectations are that the joining of King with new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee should create one of the most explosive offenses in college football. King has the ability to raise the level of the rest of the Miami offense. Senior wide receiver Mike Harley and junior tight end Brevin Jordan will help lead the offense.

Silvera enters his junior season at a crossroads. When Silvera signed with Miami in 2018 he was praised for his athleticism and ability to dominant games. A foot injury cost Silvera the first four games of the 2019 season. Silvera finished with 19 tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack in 2019.

Miami just needs Silvera, Ford and the rest of the interior on the Miami defensive line to be steady and consistent in 2020. Playing next to elite edge rushers Quincy Roche and Jaelan Phillips, Silvera and the Hurricanes DTs are not likely to see double times often if ever in 2020. That should give Silvera a chance to make plays.

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The 2020 season could be a breakthrough year and one that Silvera can surprise most analysts who have focused on the Miami edge rushers. If Ford and Silvera can elevate their play in 2020 that will take some of the focus off Roche, Phillips and redshirt freshman defensive end Jahfair Harvey and make the entire DL dominant.