The Miami football program first added a big-name transfer quarterback when Brock Berlin left Florida for Miami after the 2001 season. Nearly 20 years later, Miami added D'Eriq King ahead of the 2020 season. Cam Ward hopes to continue the legacies that Berlin and King created as transfer QBs at Miami.
In two seasons at Florida, Berlin completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 653 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in 12 games. At Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana, Berlin was a Parade All-American and named the Gatorade National Player of the Year and National Offensive Player of the Year.
Berlin played sparingly at Florida. Berlin had 13 completions in 19 attempts for 148 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2000 versus Mississippi State. Those were all the career highs for Berlin at Florida. After appearing in seven games in 2001, Berlin transferred to Miami.
The first game for Berlin with Miami was versus Louisiana Tech in Shreveport and the second was versus Florida. Berlin struggled in his first season with Miami completing 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,419 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Miami finished 11-2, finishing the season with an Orange Bowl win over Florida State.
Berlin completed 56.0 percent of his pass attempts for 2,680 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2004 as Miami fell to 9-3. Miami completed the 2004 season with a win over Florida in the Peach Bowl. Berlin finished 4-0 versus Florida and Florida State in his two years with Miami.
King transferred to Miami after the Hurricanes received inconsistent QB play that led to a 6-7, 2019 season. In four seasons at Houston, King completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 4.925 yards, 50 TDs and 10 interceptions with 1,421 yards rushing and 28 TDs. King was also used a receiver and kick returner at Houston.
King had a spectacular 2020 season with Miami, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,686 yards, 23 TDs, five interceptions and running for 538 yards and another four TDs. After tearing his ACL in the Cheese-It Bowl versus Oklahoma State, King returned for the beginning of the 2021 season.
King completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 767 yards, three TDs, four interceptions and 96 rushing yards in three games in 2021. A shoulder injury sidelined King for the remainder of the 2021 season. No Miami QB ever embodied the ability of a dual-threat as much as King.
In two seasons at Washington State, Ward completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 6,968 yards with 48 TDs and 16 interceptions. Ward also ran for 202 yards and 13 TDs with the Cougars. Before playing for Washington State, Ward played for FCS Incarnate Word.
Ward completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 6908 yards, 71 TDs and 14 interceptions in two seasons at Incarnate Word. At 6'2 and 223 pounds, Ward provides Miami with good size at QB. King was listed at 5'11 and 195 pounds when he played for Miami. King and Ward are both from the Houston area.