Miami Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King far exceeded transfer ranking

Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King far exceeded his ranking as the eighth-best transfer during the 2020 cycle. King was arguably the best transfer during the 2020 college football season. King completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts for  2,686 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Possibly the best dual-threat QB in college football, King ran for 538 yards and four touchdowns. King led the Miami Hurricanes to an 8-3 season but suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the 37-34 loss to Oklahoma State in the Cheez-it Bowl. Two of the seven players ranked ahead of King have been Miami teammates.

King received a score of 0.91 to tie for eighth among 2020 transfers with Florida linebacker Brenton Cox according to 247 Sports. Cox had 41 tackles, four sacks, finished sixth in the SEC with 9.5 tackles for loss and led the Gators with 18 QB hurries. Miami offensive Jarrid Williams tied for the 22nd best 2020 transfer.

Florida and Miami were the only two schools with four players in the 2020 top 25 transfers. Offensive tackle Issiah Walker who transferred from Florida to Miami received a score of 0.93 to tie with LSU LB Jabril Cox. Miami DE Quincy Roche finished with an average of 0.94. King was one of six QBs ranked.

Feleipe Franks transferred from Florida to Arkansas scoring 0.88, Keytaon Thompson received a score of 0.89 transferring from Mississippi State to Virginia, Jamie Newman went from Wake Forest to Georgie with a score of 0.92 but opted out before playing and K.J. Costello moved from Stanford to Mississippi State at 0.95.

J.T. Daniels was the highest-scoring QB in the transfer portal after arriving in Georgia from USC. Daniels scored a 0.96 and became the starter for the Bulldogs after recovering from his own torn ACL with the Trojans. Daniels completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 1,231 yards and 10 TDs and two interceptions in four games.

Georgia finished 4-0 in the four games Daniels started. None of the QBs or transfers on the complete 247 list had the same impact as King did for Miami. King was praised by 247 with the site stating “D’Eriq King changed the outlook of Miami’s season the moment he stepped on the field.”

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King finished with the 10th highest grade at 90.6 from Pro Football Focus per 247. Entering the 2021 season, King is one of a half-dozen favorites for the Heisman Trophy. In his second year in the Rhett Lashlee offense, King can put up bigger numbers if he returns healthy.