It’s Christmas Eve in Shreveport Louisiana and the Miami Hurricanes are still looking for a quarterback solution under their proverbial tree.
And even if Miami coach Manny Diaz has decided who will start the game Thursday in the Independence Bowl with Louisiana Tech, he was not tipping his hand on Tuesday:
Will it be Jarren Williams, N'Kosi Perry or Tate Martell?
— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) December 24, 2019
He told the media prior to Miami’s workout that he and his staff haven’t decided and may end up using all three quarterbacks, Jarren Williams, N’Kosi Perry and Tate Martell against the Bulldogs.
Of course, part of the as motivation is to keep Skip Holtz’s team guessing as to which quarterback will start and whom will play the most.
When last we saw Miami four weeks ago it was Williams who began the final game of the regular season against Duke and played most significantly but ended the day just 11-26 for 142 yards with a TD. And, Perry did relieve him for a couple of series with little to no success, either, as the Hurricanes suffered a humiliating 27 – 17 loss to end their season.
Now, Miami has to try to not only get their act together at QB, but with the 6-6 finish to the season, there’s something else looming, too. “The U” has had a horrific run in bowl games of late as well.
Miami comes to Louisiana having lost 8 of their last nine bowl games, including being beaten decisively in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium by Wisconsin last year.
That eventually led coach Mark Richt to “retire” after the game creating an opening for Diaz to return after he had already taken the Temple job, but reneged to stay in Coral Gables.
With Miami having lost back-to-back games to Florida International and then, the Blue Devils, it needs to try to get the taste out of their mouth in this bowl game. And probably, Williams is going to be the guy to give them the best chance to do it. This, as he has put up just over 2,000 yards on the season with 19 TDs/6 INTs and a 4-4 record as a starter on the season.
Still, Diaz and offensive coordinator Dan Enos have shown that they will go to Perry and might decide to use the former Ohio State transfer Martell, as well, on Thursday.
Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?
24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.
In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.
This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:
D’Eriq King (@DeriqKing_), who is transferring from @UHCougarFB, says he has yet to make a final decision on where he’s going: “I haven’t committed to anybody yet. I’m still looking at my options. I visited Miami. I liked it, but there are other options I’m still trying see to..” pic.twitter.com/E4kz2xypWR
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 19, 2020
It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.
As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.
Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.
Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.
Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.
King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.
Hurricanes land Houston QB transfer King
Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.
Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.
Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.
Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\
With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?
All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) January 19, 2020
King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.
King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.
King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.
He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.
The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.
The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?
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