Tyler Van Dyke part of QBs passing efficiency trending up

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 /

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is part of a trend of more efficient passing in college football. Van Dyke tied the Miami season record completing 62.3 percent of his passes which was previously accomplished by Bernie Kosar in 1984. Van Dyke also holds the career Miami passing efficiency record at 159.1.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde had the previous record by a Miami QB with more than 15 attempts with a pass efficiency of 152.9 from 1982 through 1986. In an article for On3.com, Ivan Maisel examined the proliferation of QBs becoming more efficient passers in the modern era of college football.

In the Rhett Lashlee offense last season, Tyler Van Dyke was frequently encouraged to throw deep. Under new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis this season, Van Dyke is expected to take what the defense gives Miami. In that system, Van Dyke is likely to have increased passing efficiency numbers this season.

Maisel reported that the FBS set an average completion percentage record in 2021 at 61.5 percent. The 2021 season was the sixth consecutive year the completion percentage record has risen. The touchdown to interceptions rate that was 2.12 to one in 2021 has risen in eight of the last nine years.

The average passing efficiency number in FBS in 2021 was 137.64. Van Dyke was 11th nationally in 2021 with a 160.1 passing efficiency rating. The average passing efficiency rating from 2021 would have finished eighth nationally in 1992. Former Miami QB Gino Toretta had a 132.8 rating as the 1992 Heisman Trophy winner.

The biggest question for Van Dyke in 2022 is the loss of his top two wide receivers. Mike Harley set the career and single-game record for receptions during the 2021 season. Charleston Rambo set the season reception and receiving yardage record. Xavier Restrepo will replace Mike Harley as the slot receiver.

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Keyshawn Smith is the sole returning WR for Miami in 2022. Jacolby George and Frank Ladson will compete to be the third starting WR for Miami in 2022. Van Dyke has had the entire offseason to work with the receivers to develop chemistry. With spreads the prevelent offense, passers will continue to become more efficient.