Led by quarterback D’Eriq King, Pro Football Focus projects the Miami football team to be dangerous in 2021. King announced his return for a second season with the Hurricanes shortly before tearing his ACL in the Cheez-it Bowl in December. King is projected as the third-best QB entering 2020 per PFF.
King is only behind Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma and Sam Howell of North Carolina in the PFF rankings. Rattler and Howell are among the favorites to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy. The addition of King and hiring of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee in 2020 significantly upgraded the Miami offense in 2020.
The 2021 season will be the first season for King during his college career that he will have a consecutive season under an offensive coordinator. King is the best dual-threat QB in college football. King completed a career-high 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,686 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2020.
King ran for 538 yards and four TDs in 2020. King is a careful passer and elusive runner. PFF examined the season King had and his ability to make big plays throwing and running. The Miami football team became a far more explosive offense with King at QB and Lashlee calling the plays in 2020. That should improve in 2021.
"3. D’ERIQ KING, MIAMI (FL.)King was everything The U hoped for in 2020: an elite dual-threat. He made tons of plays both through the air and on the ground in his first season with the Hurricanes, resulting in a 90.6 PFF grade for the season (10th in the FBS). And now they get him for another year."
"On 111 runs (85 designed, 26 scrambles), King totaled 26 rushes of 10 or more yards. He produced more than 10 yards after contact on 13 of those, the most at the position. As a passer, King hardly put the ball in harm’s way.He consistently made the right decision and came in at No. 3 in the FBS in turnover-worthy play rate (1.7%). Miami is going to be a dangerous team in 2021, assuming King recovers fully from his torn ACL suffered in the Cheez-It Bowl and is ready to rock Week 1 like expected."
King ranked in the top 25 nationally producing explosive pass plays in 2020. The Miami passing offense was led by wide receiver Mike Harley catching passes in 2020. The Miami football program added former Oklahoma WR Charleston Rambo to provide King with a much-needed deep threat in 2021.
Rambo averaged 17.5 yards per reception for Oklahoma in 2019. The former four-star WR lost favor with the Sooners during the 2020 season. Harley and Rambo will give King a stellar tandem in 2021. The key for King early will be how well he recovers from his injury to be ready week one against Alabama.