National website makes bold 2022 Tyler Van Dyke prediction

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Tyler Van Dyke will be on a lot of national lists entering the 2022 season. Van Dyke completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in a breakout 2021 season. Over the final six games, Van Dyke had 300 yards passing and three touchdown passes in each game.

Only 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU accomplished the same feat during the college football playoff era with seven straight games of 300 yards and three TDs. Nick Kosko of 247 Sports included Van Dyke in his “Naming 10 breakout players for 2022 college football season.”

After the season Tyler Van Dyke had in 2021 it was surprising to see him included on a list of breakout players for 2022. Van Dyke was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2021. The next step or breakout would be to garner national acclaim during the 2022 season.

Van Dyke will have to learn a new offense in 2022. Miami lost offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee who was hired as head coach at SMU. The Hurricanes made their own change at head coach hiring Mario Cristobal. Cristobal has yet to hire a new offensive play-caller in 2022. What can Van Dyke accomplish in 2022?

"TYLER VAN DYKE – QB, MIAMIVan Dyke looked pretty good under Manny Diaz when he took over for D’Eriq King following an injury. Now with a new staff under Mario Cristoabl (SIC), Van Dyke might very well be one of, if not the best, quarterback in the ACC in 2022.He’ll have a prime opportunity to shine with the spotlight squarely on him when talking about the Hurricanes next season. He finished 2021 with 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 62.3% completion percentage. Expect those numbers to rise significantly."

Kosko’s projections for Van Dyke to improve his numbers significantly is bold. Prorating the numbers Van Dyke had in nine starts 2021 over a 13 game 2022 season would project to 4,233 passing yards, 36 TDs and seven interceptions. The passing yards and TDs would crush the Miami single-season records.

Bernie Kosar set the Miami single-season passing record with 3,642 yards in 1985. Steve Walsh set the single-season record for Miami with 29 TD passes in 1988. Miami pulling out of the Sun Bowl cost Van Dyke a chance at tying Walsh’s record. The 25 TD passes by Van Dyke in 2021 are seventh in Miami history.

Van Dyke loses his top two receivers, Mike Harley and Charleston Rambo, but returns all of the other key skill position players on offense. Cristobal brought Bryan McClendon with him from Oregon as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator. A new hire as offensive play-caller is still expected.

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How well the new play-caller meshes with Van Dyke will be critical to the success of the Miami offense in 2022. If Van Dyke can continue at the same pace in 2022 he did during the 2021 season, challenging for the Heisman Trophy is a reasonable goal. Miami should continue to improve offensively in 2022.