Miami football fanbase and QB history led to D’Eriq King 2021 return

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In a statement released on MiamiHurricanes.Com, the official athletic site,  D’Eriq King credited the history of quarterbacks for the Miami football program and the fanbase for the reason he chose to return for the 2021 season.

D’Eriq King has a chance to be mentioned among the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the Miami football program. The history at the position and the Hurricanes fanbase were the main reasons that King decided to return to Miami for a second season in 2021 according to a statement released on MiamiHurricanes.Com.

King transformed the Miami offense this season under new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. The Hurricanes improved greatly on offense and the addition of King to the QB room upgraded the maturity and leadership Miami greatly needed. King can continue the tradition of Miami once known as QB U.

King stated he is looking forward to returning to Miami for a second season and that the NFL will always be there. What position King plays in the NFL has been questioned throughout his collegiate career. King played WR as a freshman at Houston and has been projected as a running back in the NFL as well.

The decision to return to Miami for another season will give King another year to mature and prove he can be a quarterback at the highest level of college football. King will have a chance to earn All-Conference with Trevor Lawrence moving on to the NFL and Ian Book and Notre Dame back to being independent.

"“There have been a lot of great quarterbacks to play for this university and play for this team. To even be in the same category, playing quarterback at The U with those guys, it’s a big honor and I don’t take it lightly. I know it comes with a lot of pressure, but I’m ready for everything.Miami is such a great school. I didn’t think I could pass up the opportunity to come and play one more year. The NFL will always be there, but my opportunity to play for the Miami Hurricanes is going by fast, and I want to take full advantage of it. I’m super excited to come back with the guys in 2021.It means so much…hopefully next year, everything will be cleared up. I think we have some of the greatest fans in the country that really support us. I’m excited to go out there and run out of the smoke again, hopefully in a full Hard Rock Stadium, in 2021.Courtesy MiamiHurricanes.Com"

The above is the statement from King. In addition to challenging 2020 second-team All-ACC QB Sam Howell of North Carolina, both players should be among the early favorites for the 2021 Heisman Trophy. Miami has not had a Heisman Trophy finalists since QB Ken Dorsey and running back Willis McGahee went to New York in 2002.

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The acknowledgment of the fans shows King is a good fit with the Miami football program. Hurricanes fans are starving for a winning program. With King returning to Miami in 2021, the Hurricanes will try to string together their best back to back seasons since the 2016 and 2017 teams combined to go 19-7.