Heading into ‘Rivalry Week’ against Florida State, quarterback D’Eriq King has led the Miami Hurricanes to two convincing wins over the UAB Blazers and the Louisville Cardinals.
King has continued to dazzle with accurate passes out of the pocket and within the play structure. In Week 1, he showed what he was capable of with his legs, finishing with 83 yards rushing and an average of 6.9 yards a carry, all while throwing 16 of 24 for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Better yet, 43 percent of his pass attempts resulted in a UM score or a first down versus the Blazers.
What has been even more impressive is King’s decision making and dynamic ability to spread the field wide open and create explosive plays with his arm. Not often do you see quarterbacks with the running ability that King has, in addition to the poise and football IQ he possesses.
Against Louisville, King had 13 of his 18 completions result in a first down or a touchdown while having four attempts nullified due to a penalty, three of those four calls being first downs.
Two of King’s incompletions were crucial drops, one by receiver Mark Pope that would’ve counted as another first down, and the other by Mike Harley in the end zone in what was bound to be a touchdown.
King’s efficiency at spreading the ball out was apparent against UL. On six of Brevin Jordan’s seven receptions, he was lined up against a different Cardinal defender. Almost all of his catches he had were against a different player. King also kept throwing the ball to Pope despite his crucial drops, targeting him 10 times, resulting in 4 catches for 64 yards.
The graduate transfer displayed great accuracy on an outside throw to Harley on the run, as well as an accurate back shoulder dart to Will Mallory that went for one of his three passing touchdowns.
The poised quarterback picked on Russ Yeast and CJ Avery all night, each allowing 5 receptions and over 45 yards receiving. Isiah Hayes was King’s worse victim, allowing four receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown.
King has been meticulous when making decisions, going through progressions and checking down when necessary. He’ll enter Week 3 with no turnover worthy snaps and four big time plays, per Pro Football Focus.
King also finished Week 2 having the lowest negatively graded throw rate of any quarterback who attempted at least 15 passes last week.
Going into FSU week, the most important stat King could possibly want to sustain is him having no turnovers and absolutely no turnover worthy plays. He hasn’t made errant throws into coverage or tried forcing a ball that wasn’t certainly there.
If the country hasn’t had their fill of D’Eriq King, they sure will in the coming weeks.
He’ll be on the big stage for the next two weeks versus FSU and again against a bullish Clemson defense. Both games are expected to be featured on College Football Gameday.