Miami Hurricanes likely starting Tyler Van Dyke if D’Eriq King out

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami Hurricanes will likely start second-year quarterback Tyler Van Dyke over true freshman Jake Garcia if starter D’Eriq King is out this weekend against Central Connecticut State. King suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the loss to Michigan State on Saturday. Van Dyke has been the primary backup this season.

King has taken all but four of the Miami Hurricanes snaps at QB this season. Van Dyke took those four. It appears through the first three games of the 2021 season, that Van Dyke is the clear second-team QB. Garcia and Van Dyke were listed as the co-second team QBs behind King on the Miami depth chart for Michigan State.

Van Dyke signed with Miami in 2020. As a true freshman, Van Dyke was the third-team Miami QB behind King and N’Kosi Perry who is now starting for FAU. Van Dyke has yet to complete a pass in three attempts in college while running four times for 10 yards. Garcia is likely to receive his first collegiate snaps on Saturday.

Appearing on the Joe Rose Show on WQAM on Monday morning, Miami head coach Manny Diaz said of King“He’s roughed up pretty good.” Diaz also mentioned that King has an appointment with the doctor tomorrow. Diaz felt that too many players were watching King and the QB position needs to get better going forward.

If King is going to be out for a significant amount of time, expect Van Dyke to get the first opportunity to become the starting quarterback. Van Dyke has gotten the snaps in games this season behind King and is more experienced than Garcia. How Garcia and Van Dyke will play on Saturday is critical.

Diaz told Rose that Garcia and Van Dyke are both prepared every week as if they are both the backup. The competition will continue this week according to Diaz as if both QBs are 1A and 1B behind King. Rose asked Diaz who is the backup QB behind King. Based on Diaz’s comments we will know more about King on Tuesday.

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Central Connecticut State on Saturday will provide Garcia and Van Dyke the first significant playing time of their collegiate careers. It will also give them a chance to ease into playing QB in college against an FCS school and ease into the position. Central Connecticut State could be auditions for Garcia and Van Dyke.