D’Eriq King and Charleston Rambo named 4th best CFP tandem

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King and wide receiver Charleston Rambo were named the fourth-best tandem in college football for the 2021 season by R.J. Young of Fox Sports. D’Eriq King had an exceptional season during his first year with Miami. Rambo transferred to Miami from Oklahoma in January.

King and Rambo are listed behind QB Casey Thompson and running back Bijan Robinson of Texas, QB Spencer Rattler and WR Marvin Mims of Oklahoma, QB D.J. Uiagalelei and WR Justyn Ross of Clemson and ahead of QB Bryce Young and WR John Metchie of Alabama who the Hurricanes open the 2021 season against September 4.

King completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts in 2020 for 2,686 yards and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for 538 yards and another four TDs. Rambo had 25 receptions for 312 yards and three TDs but fell behind Mims and Theo Wease on the WR depth chart.

Rambo was second on Oklahoma in 2019 to 2020 Dallas Cowboys first-round pick CeeDee Lamb with 43 receptions, 743 yards and four TDs while averaging 17.3 yards per catch. Miami is hoping that Lamb can return to the form he had in 2019 and stretch the field. Rambo and Mike Harley should be a good tandem at WR.

Harley led the Miami Hurricanes with 57 receptions, 799 receiving yards and seven TDs. The addition of Rambo to the Hurricanes offense should help take pressure off of Harley. Juniors Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins were too inconsistent in 2020. Pope and Wiggins had moments of excellence but far too many dropped passes.

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The Hurricanes bring back their entire receiving corps in 2021 and add four-star freshmen Romello Brinson, Jacolby George and Breshard Smith. Smith has often been compared to Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreke Hill. If the upperclassmen do not perform well the freshmen should challenge for playing time behind Harley and Rambo.