Pete Thamel of ESPN reported on Saturday afternoon that Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke will be a game-time decision for the 8 PM ET kickoff versus Clemson. Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald reported on Monday “Van Dyke was seen…with his right leg wrapped in an Ace bandage all the way up to above his knee.”
If Tyler Van Dyke cannot play, expect true freshman QB Emory Williams to get the start. Miami was also without Van Dyke last season in a 40-10 loss at Clemson. The Hurricanes finished with 98 total yards in the loss to the Tigers. That 98 total yards was the third-lowest amount in the history of the Miami football program.
Jacurri Brown started last season at Clemson. Brown completed six passes in 13 attempts for 53 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Brown ran 10 times for 22 yards in the loss to Clemson in 2022. Now departed Jake Garcia was 3-5 for 15 yards, one TD and no interceptions with two carries for -14 yards.
Williams has completed 12 passes in 15 attempts for 144 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions with two carries for a loss of 10 yards. Clemson leads the ACC allowing 261.8 yards per game and 86.33 rushing yards per game, is third with opponents averaging 175.5 passing yards per game and fourth giving up 19.3 points per game.
Van Dyke leads the ACC with a 171.77 passer rating, and 70.5 completion percentage and is tied with Haynes King of Georgia Tech with 16 touchdown passes. Van Dyke is second in the ACC averaging 286.8 passing yards per game. Williams has only played in parts of three games this season.
The most extensive playing time for Williams was versus FCS Bethune-Cookman. Williams completed nine passes in 11 attempts for 102 yards without a TD or interception versus the Wildcats. The 6’4 and 220 pounds Williams was a three-star signee out of Milton, Florida in the 2023 class.