Tyler Van Dyke thriving while FSU 2020 QB signee Chuby Purdy transfers

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 06: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 06: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The 2020 signees at quarterback have gone in completely different directions for Florida State and Miami ahead of their game on Saturday. Miami 2020 QB signee Tyler Van Dyke is thriving. Florida State 2020 QB signee Chubba Purdy has already entered his name into the transfer portal. Van Dyke will start Saturday in Tallahassee.

Playing in seven games this season, Tyler Van Dyke has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,877 yards, 9.6 yards per attempt, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Purdy played far more extensively as a true freshman than Van Dyke. In games against Louisville, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State Purdy gradually improved.

Purdy had no completions in nine attempts and two carries for eight yards in his debut at Louisville in 2020. Two weeks later versus Pittsburgh, Purdy was 12-21 for 38 yards, one interception and had five carries for negative five yards. Purdy put it together a week later against the Wolfpack.

In his first collegiate start at NC State, Purdy was 15-23 for 181 and two TDs and ran 12 times for 54 yards. In his only playing time in 2021, Purdy completed all five of his attempts for 98 yards and two TDs and ran once for five yards. Jordan Travis and UCF transfer McKenzie Milton were ahead of Purdy on the depth chart.

With Travis and likely Milton to depart at the end of the season, the Seminoles’ other 2020 QB signee Tate Rodemaker is the only returning signal-caller Florida State will have returning. Florida State has a commitment from four-star QB A.J. Duffy for 2022. Rodemaker played in three games in 2020, but none in 2021 yet.

Rodemaker completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 130 yards, no TDs and three interceptions and ran eight times for a loss of 13 yards against Miami, Jacksonville State, NC State and Duke. Against Miami, Rodemaker was 5-9 for 47 yards, no TDs, one interception and had three carries for minus-five yards.

Tyler Van Dyke did not complete either of his attempts in 2020 and carried one time for a loss of seven yards. Entering the 2021 season, Van Dyke competed in training camp with true freshman Jake Garcia to backup the backup at QB to returning starter D’Eriq King. King suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in week three.


Van Dyke earned the first start for Miami against Central Connecticut State. Splitting time with Garcia, Van Dyke was 10-11 for 270 yards, three TDs and no INTs against the FCS Blue Devils. Garcia suffered an ankle injury against Central Connecticut State that required surgery and has been out since.

Van Dyke has shined knowing he is the Miami QB. In seven games this season, Van Dyke has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,877 yards, 15 TDs and four interceptions. After the last three games, Van Dyke has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week. Miami is in good shape for the future at QB.

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While Florida State is projected to add a QB through the transfer portal, Miami will have Van Dyke, Garcia and 2022 four-star commit Jacurri Brown as signal-callers for the future. The Miami offense has thrived with Van Dyke at QB. Miami should continue to be explosive offensively on Saturday in Tallahassee.