ESPN named Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King and tight end Brevin Jordan one of the top 10 QB-receiver combos in college football this season.
The Miami Hurricanes offense has gotten off to a blistering start in 2020. The passing game has been led by quarterback D’Eriq King and tight end Brevin Jordan. Jordan leads Miami with 15 receptions, 212 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. Jordan is on pace for the best year of his collegiate career.
The Miami Hurricanes pass and catch duo was ranked eighth among “College football’s 20 best QB-receiver combos.” by ESPN. Jordan is not the most targeted receiver by King, but he has been by far the most productive. On a team devoid of an elite wide receiver, Jordan has been vital to the Miami offense.
King has upgraded the play for Miami at QB this season. King is 23rd nationally averaging 245.3 passing yards per game and with a 153.85 passer rating and 19th completing 67 percent of his passes. King ranks fourth by Pro Football Focus with a 92 rating. The addition of King has stabilized QB for Miami.
King is proving to be one of the most elite QBs in college football. The combination of King at QB and Rhett Lashlee as the new Miami offensive coordinator has completely transformed the Hurricanes offense. Miami ranks 12th averaging 43.3 points per game and 14th in total offense averaging 499 yards per game.
D’Eriq King: Three straight games w/ an 80+ grade.
No Miami QB has done that over the past six seasons pic.twitter.com/4ZrJcIbGCv
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 1, 2020
8. Miami: QB D’Eriq King & TE Brevin Jordan
King is a game-changer for the Hurricanes, and his fifth-ranked 89.7 PFF grade through three games backs that up. Before this season, no Miami quarterback had earned 80.0-plus marks in the first three games of a season since PFF started grading college in 2014.
Not only did King end that streak, but he’s making plays both inside and outside of the pocket. He joins Oklahoma State’s Spencer Rattler as the only Power 5 quarterbacks to produce a passing grade above 75.0 in both scenarios.
While Jordan hasn’t been King’s favorite target, he has produced the best results by far; the two have combined for a near perfect 155.3 passer rating. And despite mostly underneath usage, Jordan is averaging 10.3 yards after the catch when targeted short of the sticks.
Inconsistency and lack of leadership at least since the departure of Brad Kaaya following the 2016 season have hindered the Miami offense. The Miami passing offense had moments in 2019 but lacked the consistency and explosiveness they have shown this season. King is among the leaders nationally in explosive pass plays.
King is ninth with 29 pass plays of 10 yards or more and seventh with four pass plays of 40 yards or more. Jordan ranks ninth nationally with ninth with nine receptions of 10 yards or more and four receptions of 20 yards or more. Jordan is the top-ranked TE in receptions over 10 and 20 yards.