D’Eriq King decision to return allows Miami football to focus on other transfers

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The decision by quarterback D’Eriq King to return for a second season with the Miami football team allows the Hurricanes to focus elsewhere in the transfer portal.

The Miami Football program received big news Saturday morning with the decision by quarterback D’Eriq King to return for a second season with the Hurricanes in 2021. The decision by King to return to Miami will impact the entire program and who Manny Diaz and his staff decides to add through the transfer portal.

King greatly impacted the Miami football team in 2020. The Hurricanes improved from 6-7 to 8-2 with the majority of the improvement because of the development on offense. Miami improved from 25.7 points per game and 90th nationally in 2019 to 34.0 PPG and 27th in scoring in 2020.

Miami averages 432.6 yards per game to rank 36th in total offense in 2020. The Hurricanes were 98th averaging 367.2 yards per game in 2019. The addition of King and hiring of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee for the 2020 season were the impetus the Miami offense needed to improve in 2020.

King was responsible for 71.4 percent of the total yards Miami produced this season. In his first season with Miami, King threw for 2,570 yards and ran for 520. King added 22 touchdown passes with five interceptions and another four rushing TDs. King returning for 2021 could have a domino effect on the Miami offense.

The additional season granted by the NCAA to all 2020 fall sports athletes allowed King the option of returning to Miami. The 2021 season will be the sixth for King in college. He played at Houston from 2016-19 taking a redshirt season after four games in 2019. King transferred to Miami in January.

Senior wide receiver Mike Harley who led the Hurricanes in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs in 2020 also has the option of returning next season. Right tackle Jarrid Williams who joined King at Miami from Houston could return for what would be his seventh season in college in 2021.

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With King returning Miami can focus on much-needed additions at defensive end, cornerback and possibly linebacker in the transfer portal in 2021. After signing 21 players in the Class of 2021, Miami has four scholarships available to offer transfers or potential high school signees on the traditional National Signing Day in February.