Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King who played for Houston and Oklahoma transfer wide receiver Charleston Rambo faced each other with their old teams in 2019. The Sooners got off to a 21-0 lead nearly halfway through the second quarter before King nearly led a Cougars comeback.
King showed off the dual-threat QB Miami fans became accustomed to last season. King threw for 167 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 103 yards and another TD. Rambo finished with three receptions for 105 yards and a 56-yard TD reception early in the third quarter after Houston cut the deficit to 21-10 at halftime.
Oklahoma took an interesting strategy to try and contain D’Eriq King. In 2020 most teams would force the sub six-foot King to stay in the pocket and defeat them via the pass. Against Oklahoma King had a far more successful game running than passing. The Houston offense stalled on its first
The Cougars punted on their first four possessions and went three and out on three of them. King finally led Houston on a six play, 81 yard drive to get on the board late in the second quarter. The Cougars added a field goal on the next drive following an Oklahoma fumble to cut the deficit to 21-10 at halftime.
Rambo meshed well with Jalen Hurts throwing him the football at Oklahoma. Hurts skill set as a dual threat QB is similiar to King. On his TD Rambo showed the type of catch and run ability that should fit perfect into the Rhett Lashlee offense. Rambo took a slant and did most of the work going 56 yards to the end zone.
The way Houston and Oklahoma played in 2019 could be a preview of how King will connect with Rambo this fall. King will have two receivers to throw to who have shown elite ability with the numbers Mike Harley put up in the second half of last season. The Miami offense should be improved in 2021.