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Report- Hurricanes are firing OC Enos after Thursday Bowl

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Win or lose Thursday afternoon in Shreveport Louisiana, there’s apparently a shake-up coming to Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz’s offense.

This according to a report from the AP’s Tim Reynolds on Thursday afternoon that offensive coordinator Dan Enos is being fired after only one season. Reynolds put a post on social media a couple of hours before the Hurricanes were to take on Louisiana Tech and termed it as, “expected to part ways” with Enos:

Reynolds also appeared on the Miami pregame show Thursdy on WQAM radio and reported the same about what he claims to have found out.

As for Enos, it’s been a rocky season with him as play-caller and quarterbacks coach, as the Hurricanes stumbled to a 6 – 6 season. This included, humiliating losses to Florida International and at woeful Duke to close the season. In both of those games, Miami struggled mightily offensively and many pointed to that as a sign of how ineffective Enos has been and implementing his system and coaching up his players.

In specific, Miami has continued to falter at the quarterback position throughout the year. True freshman Jarren Williams has been the starter most of the way, but the team has also gone with the on-and-off starter of the last two years, N’kosi Perry, as well.

It is believed that both quarterbacks may be playing in the Independence Bowl matchup with La Tech.

Eunos came to the Canes from Alabama, where he obviously had a huge resume building successful season as QB coach for Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Enos was not the offensive coordinator for the Tide last season.

But, part of Diaz’s motivation in hiring Enos was trying to lure Hurts, a graduate transfer quarterback who would be immediately eligible, to Miami. But, after visiting in South Florida, Hurts chose to go to Oklahoma instead and led them to the Big XII title and a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Enos was also a former somewhat successful coach at Central Michigan. Even though he had an overall losing record of 26 – 36 with the Chippewas, he did lead Central Michigan to the 2012 MAC Title and a bowl win over Western Kentucky.

Diaz is under heavy criticism for the way that Miami faltered at the end of the year and there are numerous questions about his abilities as a first-time head coach to get the Canes turned around. Now, there will be even more questions about whom will lead his offense in the future.

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Hurricanes QB Williams intends to transfer

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The only constant for the last two seasons with the Miami Hurricanes quarterback position has been change and with the addition of Houston transfer D’Eriq King earlier this week, it apparently means more changes are on the way for the competition.

Sports Illustrated college football Insider Pat Forde reported Thursday afternoon that the Miami starter for most of the season, freshman Jarren Williams, has entered the NCAA transfer portal:

Williams won the starting job for first-year coach Manny Diaz and now-fired former offensive coordinator Dan Enos, during fall practice what had an up-and-down season. He played in all 12 games with a 61% completion percentage and had a 19/7 TD to INT ratio. 

However, more importantly the Hurricanes offense as a whole went down the tubes. This was especially in their final three games Williams was at the helm for the stunning loss to Florida International, where he threw three interceptions.

He and the Canes followed that with a road loss at awful Duke, where Williams tallied only 142 yards with a TD. And, worst yet, with rumors swirling everywhere that Enos was about to be fired,  a game in Independence Bowl where the QB had just 92 yards and an INT Miami failed to score in a 14 – 0 defeat to Louisiana Tech.

King is the presumptive starter after having a successful two seasons at Houston. His best year was 2018 with nearly 2,900 yards in the air with 36 passing TDs and only 6 INTS.

However, he was benched by new coach Dana Holgorsen earlly this year and is a graduate transfer that is immediately eligible.

Miami also has the part-time starter from the last two years N’kosi Perry, as well as former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell, who transferred and was immediately eligible this past season. However, Martell couldn’t beat Williams or Perry out for playing time, but he did play briefly at time at wide receiver.

Back to Williams, he still has three years of eligibility remaining but unless he gained some kind of waiver he would have to sit hey transfer year next season.

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Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?

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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:

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.

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