Report states Tyler Van Dyke out 2 weeks, Jake Garcia starting versus UVA

Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

CaneSport reported on Tuesday night that redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Garcia will start for Miami against Virginia on Saturday and Florida State next week before starter Tyler Van Dyke will be reevaluated about two weeks from now. Jake Garcia will be making his first career start against Virginia.

Garcia was the 48th-ranked player and eighth quarterback in the 247 Sports 2020 class rankings. Van Dyke walked off the field with help on Saturday against Duke with his arm reportedly dangling from his side. The suspected shoulder injury to Van Dyke will allow Garcia the chance to practice with the first team all week.

In limited playing time the last two years, Garcia has completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 617 yards, four touchdowns and all three of his career interceptions in the loss to Duke on Saturday. Garcia also lost two fumbles versus Duke. Garcia missed all but one game last season with a foot injury.

Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports in the high school scouting report of Garcia said: “Must cut down on the mistakes at the next level like bad interceptions and get more consistent on a week-to-week basis…managed…to quickly learn multiple offensive systems.” Garcia will have to prepare differently this week as the starter.

This is the second season in a row Miami has lost its starting quarterback. D’Eriq King suffered his own shoulder injury in the third game of the 2020 season. Van Dyke ascended to become the Miami starting QB for the final nine games and had a record-setting season. Now Garcia will have his opportunity.

Garcia gave Miami some life when he relieved an ineffective Van Dyke versus Middle Tennessee State and last week early in the second half versus Duke. Miami had a pair of scoring drives in the first two minutes of the second half before Garcia and Miami had half of its eight turnovers versus Duke.

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Garcia will lead a Miami offense that ranks 34th nationally averaging 444.7 yards per game but is 67th averaging 29.3 points per game. Miami needs to limit turnovers and improve significantly in the red zone. Miami is starting to get healthier at wide receiver. Jacolby George and Brashard Smith should both be ready Saturday.