The Miami Hurricanes have officially named D’Eriq King their starting quarterback for the season.
Monday morning’s announcement was not a surprise itself, but it was a confirmation that Manny Diaz’s pivotal second season will hinge largely on the dynamic grad transfer from Houston.
“D’Eriq’s hard work both on and off the field has earned him the starting quarterback position,” Diaz said in a statement. “His leadership qualities have been evident since he arrived on campus, continuing through mat drills, spring practice, our virtual meetings and summer activities. We’re excited to see him lead this offense, and I know his teammates are excited as well.”
Diaz and the ‘Canes made the announcement on their first day of the second phase of their summer workouts.
King dazzled at Houston, where he set an American Athletic Conference record in 2018 by accounting for 50 touchdowns, despite missing two-plus games with an injury. He ranks in the top five in Cougars history in touchdowns responsible for (82), passing efficiency (155.4) and completion percentage (61.8), and finished with 4,925 passing yards and 1,421 rushing yards. King also broke Florida legend Tim Tebow’s record by becoming the first Division I-A quarterback ever to rush for a touchdown in 15 straight games.
King will now officially lead a position group that includes former Miami starter N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell, who played sparingly last season after transferring from Ohio State. The ‘Canes have struggled at the position for years and ranked No. 59 nationally in passing efficiency (136.42) last season.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound King was teammates at Manvel High in Texas with the Gators’ starting quarterback, Kyle Trask.