Tyler Van Dyke efficient, can improve vs. Texas AM

Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

After an efficient performance in the season-opening 38-3 win over Miami (Ohio), Tyler Van Dyke has room for improvement when Miami hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. Van Dyke was 17-22 for 201 yards, one touchdown and one interception on Friday night versus Miami (Ohio). Miami did not show its full offensive package.

Miami had only five pass plays of 15 yards or more versus Miami (Ohio). Tyler Van Dyke had four completions of 15 yards or more. Colbie Young took a wide receiver screen from Van Dyke 44 yards for a TD on the first Miami pass attempt of the game. Miami did not test Miami (Ohio) vertically.

Van Dyke also had 20 and 26-yard completions to Xavier Restrepo and a 15-yard completion to Young. Texas A&M struggled in 2022 allowing big pass plays. In their season-opening 52-10 win over New Mexico, Texas A&M allowed only four pass plays of 10 yards or more and two of 20 plus.

Van Dyke said in his post-game press conference the plan was to get the ball in the flat with Miami (Ohio) playing light in the box. Texas A&M held New Mexico QBs Dylan Hopkins and DC Tabscott to 16 completions in 28 attempts for 131 yards with no TDs and one interception,

Van Dyke received a 79.8 grade from Pro Football Focus versus Miami (Ohio). That was the fourth-highest among Miami players. Per PFF via David Lake of Inside the U, Van Dyke got the ball out in 2.18 seconds on average and completed one pass in two attempts on deep throws for 26 yards and the sole interception.

Van Dyke was able to spread the ball around versus Texas A&M. Jacolby George led Miami with six receptions and seven targets for 56 yards. Restrepo had five receptions for 56 yards on six targets. Young had four receptions on four targets and led Miami with 79 yards plus the one TD.

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Expect Miami to continue to be balanced in the passing game featuring George, Restrepo and Young. Tyler Harrell who has exceptional speed could be a player to watch versus Texas A&M. Harrell had one reception for 14 yards versus Miami (Ohio). Texas A&M allowed 4.9 yards per pass attempt versus New Mexico.