Miami football gets QB clarity with D’Eriq King season ending shoulder surgery

Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program got some clarity at quarterback when head coach Manny Diaz announced on Monday that D’Eriq King is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Tyler Van Dyke has started the last two games for Miami after King suffered the injury shoulder against Michigan State that led to his season-ending surgery.

King could potentially have the option of applying for a medical redshirt after playing in just three games in 2021. King redshirted in 2019 with Houston. A medical redshirt “must have occurred in the first half of the season, and the athlete must have competed in less than 30 percent of the season.”

It seems likely that King will move on. King will be 25 years old by the time the 2021 season starts. A potential NFL career looms for King after this season if he can get healthy. There are questions about what position King could play at the next level. King could be similar to Taysom Hill of the New Orleans Saints.

Van Dyke had mixed success in his second start in the Hurricanes’ last game against Virginia. It is difficult to determine much after Van Dyke made his first collegiate start against Central Connecticut State on September 25. VanDyke was 4-11 for 63 yards and was sacked twice in the first half against Virginia.

In the second half against the Cavaliers, VanDyke went 11-18 for 140 yards and had a 24-yard TD run with 9:09 remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the Virginia lead to 30-28.  VanDyke put Miami in a position to win on the final drive against Virginia. The Hurricanes went 75 yards in 15 plays over 5:36 to set up a field goal attempt.

Andres’ Borregales‘ 33-yard attempt hit the upright on the final play. The Miami football team will have to ride with Van Dyke for the foreseeable future. Diaz also announced on Monday that true freshman QB Jake Garcia had ankle surgery. Diaz reported last month that Garcia would be out through November.

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Third-year redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha will be the backup to Van Dyke. Diaz told Rose and co-host Zach Krantz that Miami is now “Tyler Van Dyke’s team.”  After essentially being the temporary starter the last two games will now be able to become the team leader and take control of the Miami offense.