Miami sixth-year senior quarterback D’Eriq King will have season-ending shoulder surgery after sustaining an injury to his throwing shoulder in 38-17 Week 3 home loss to Michigan St.
King continued to play against the Spartans after the injury on Sept. 18, but he hasn’t played in UM’s last two games. The Hurricanes have been off since losing 30-28 at home to Virginia on Thursday, Sept. 30. They play at North Carolina this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
During a Monday radio interview on WQAM, UM head coach Manny Diaz said, “Here’s the situation with D’Eriq.
“Really, the day after the Michigan State game, we knew that odds are the injury he suffered in his shoulder would probably need a surgery to correct it. And if he had to have the surgery, that that would end his season. There was a narrow avenue that he could rehab and potentially come back and be able to play this season without needing a surgery. So, we were going down that road. That’s what D’Eriq wanted, to go down that road.
“That guy [King], as you saw in the Michigan State game, would do anything to get back on the field and be able to play for us. But we’re now however many weeks out, and I think in D’Eriq’s mind we’ve exhausted that opportunity, that possibility. So, he’s going to get the surgery on his shoulder and it’s Tyler Van Dyke’s team.
“We saw Tyler grow up in the second half of that Virginia game. Our players respected that. They respected the toughness. We all gotta get behind Tyler.”
Since King only played in three games this year, he can apply for a medical hardship. However, it seems more likely that he’ll move on and pursue his options at the professional level.
In three games this year, King completed 81-of-122 passes (66.4%) for 767 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions. He also had 96 rushing yards on 40 attempts, averaging a career-low 2.4 yards per carry.
We should note that King tore his ACL in Miami’s 37-34 loss to Oklahoma St. in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl. With only eight months of recovery time, he was in the starting lineup for the Hurricanes’ opener vs. Alabama in Atlanta on Sept. 4.
King started all 11 games for Miami last season. He connected on 64.1 percent of his throws for 2,686 yards with a 23/5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. King added 538 rushing yards and four TDs while averaging 4.1 YPC. He helped the ‘Canes to an 8-3 straight-up record and a 5-6 against-the-spread mark.
King was a star at Houston for three seasons and four games of a fourth campaign. But after the first four games for the Cougars in 2019 when they limped to a 1-3 start under new head coach Dana Hologorsen, King decided to opt out and retain another year of eligibility. Then after considering a number of schools, including several SEC programs, King chose to go to Miami.
For his career, King has completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 8,378 yards with a stellar 76/19 TD-INT ratio. He has 2,055 career rushing yards, 32 TDs and a 4.9 YPC average.
In 2016 and ’17 at UH, King sometimes played wide receiver. He has 61 career receptions for 520 yards and three TDs. King also had a kick return for a TD as a true freshman in 2016.
Van Dyke, a second-year freshman, is now the starting QB. On this morning’s radio show, Diaz added that true freshman Jake Garcia, who injured his ankle in a 69-0 win over Central Connecticut on Sept. 25, is out until November with an ankle injury.
Van Dyke completed 10-of-11 passes for 270 yards and three TDs without an interception vs. Central Connecticut. In the aforementioned loss to UVA, he hit 15-of-29 throws for 203 yards and one TD without an interception. He also had a rushing TD against the Cavaliers.
Miami is 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS going into Chapel Hill on Saturday. The ‘Canes are 0-1 in ACC play. They are winless in three games against Power Five opponents, with their wins coming against an FCS foe and at home vs. Appalachian St. (25-23) on a walk-off field goal.