Dynamic quarterback D'Eriq King has reportedly told Miami Hurricanes coaches he plans to transfer, adding an important new wrinkle for the 2020 college football season.
Shortly after this report first surfaced, FanDuel Sportsbook slashed the Hurricanes' opening odds to win the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game from +10000 to +6000, which marks the largest shift – in either direction – of any team so far.
King had a standout 2018-19 season at Houston, throwing for 2,982 yards, rushing for 674, and scoring total 50 touchdowns in just 11 games. However, after a long comeback from a non-contact knee injury, King played four games for Houston in 2019 before announcing he was redshirting.
King has been seen as one of the top quarterbacks in the graduate transfer market, and his arrival could breathe new life into Manny Diaz's struggling offense.
Miami had one of the worst offenses in the ACC last year. They ended the year with a disappointing 14-0 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl., which was rather indicative of their entire season. A total lack of coherent offensive line play and quarterbacking led to the 'Canes ending 2019 ranked just 81st in Bill Connelly's offensive SP+.
King could change that immediately in 2020. New offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee just left SMU, where he created a spectacular offense behind Texas transfer Shane Buechele. Lashlee could do the same at Miami, especially with the resources now at his disposal. He will need to do plenty of work with the offensive line and wide receiver group, but having a game-changing quarterback will go a long way.
King is a prototypical dual-threat quarterback. Since his high school days, King has drawn comparisons to Kyler Murray. Both are less than six feet tall, yet have developed into excellent passers with an ability to extend plays and move the ball on the ground.
Jarren Williams and N'Kosi Perry struggled with turnovers and inconsistency last year, and King would be the leader to win the job if he does transfer to Miami. This move should also significantly raise Miami's chances of winning the ACC Coastal and even challenging the 2019 national runner-up Clemson Tigers.
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