Several reports on social media have stated that Tyler Van Dyke is expected to start for the Miami football team in the last 2022 regular season game versus Pittsburgh. Geo Milian of Canes Country was the first to report Van Dyke is starting. Florida State was the only game Van Dyke has played in the last four with a shoulder injury.
Van Dyke initially suffered the shoulder injury versus Duke. After sitting out the next week against Virginia Van Dyke was 4-8 for 24 yards versus Florida State before reinjuring the shoulder. Van Dyke did not return after leaving the game versus Florida State and did not play the last two weeks against Georgia Tech and Clemson.
Van Dyke has completed 63.7 percent of his pass attempts for 1,753 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. After a slow start, Van Dyke threw for 847 yards, five TDs and one interception and in back-to-back games versus North Carolina and Virginia Tech to start ACC play.
The Miami offense has sputtered without Van Dyke. Miami has thrown for 391 TOTAL passing yards in the last four games with Van Dyke only attempting the eight passes against Florida State. Expect the Miami coaching staff to watch Van Dyke carefully to see how the shoulder responds to his first playing time in three weeks.
Miami will be without starting middle linebacker and leading tackler Corey Flagg on Saturday. Expect Wesley Bissainthe and Caleb Johnson to start at LB. The Miami injury list is extensive. Van Dyke returning should provide Miami with a boost. The Hurricanes need a win to become bowl eligible with their sixth victory.
Miami will face a Pittsburgh pass defense that is allowing 219.2 yards per game which is eighth in the ACC. The Hurricanes are amazingly fifth in the ACC averaging 235.5 passing yards per game. The Miami football team has been far more potent offensively this season with Van Dyke at QB.