Miami Hurricanes impressive at quarterback camp

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

Miami Hurricanes starting quarterback D’Eriq King and former signal-caller Tate Martell were both impressive working with guru Steve Clarkson this weekend. Clarkson ran a camp “The QB Retreat” this weekend in Santa Monica, California. King hopes to build on his 2020 campaign to prove he’s an NFL QB.

King is often criticized because of his stature, listed at 5’11, but closer to 5’9. One of the best dual-threat QBs in college football, the style King plays fits the modern game. The success of other sub 6’0 QBs like Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks should help King.

Clarkson played for Jack Elway, the father of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John, at San Jose State. Following his collegiate career, Clarkson played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1983 and 1984. Clarkson has worked with QBs that date to former Miami Heisman Trophy-winning QB Gino Torretta.

Working with Clarkson, Martell received a scholarship offer from Washington at the age of 13. After opting out of the 2020 season with the Miami Hurricanes, Martell announced he would transfer just two years after leaving Ohio State for the Hurricanes. Martell still has found the next program he will join.

"“Miami quarterback D’Eriq King has a clean, smooth stroke. The ball jumps out of his hand. It’s fun to watch…It was great to see former Miami quarterback Tate Martell back out there. He’s in great spirits, looks strong, and is fired up to get back on the field and quiet a lot of critics. When he gets his next opportunity, look out.”"

Tom Loy of 247 Sports gave observations on “Thoughts from Day 1 at Steve Clarkson’s ‘The QB Retreat’ that included those above about King and Martell. King has been a revelation at Miami and refined the Hurricanes offense. The inability for Martell to succeed in 2019 led to King transferring to Miami.

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Behind King, the future for Miami at QB is second-year signal-caller Tyler Van Dyke and 2021 signee Jake Garcia. The transfers of Martell and N’Kosi Perry put the uncertainty of the 2019 season at QB into Miami history. The impact King has had at QB will last into the future for the Hurricanes.