“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.”
The move comes as Miami transitions to the second session of approved summer activities, as a part of the NCAA’s six-week preseason practice plan.
King spent four years at Houston, where he shattered records left and right. He set an American Athletic Conference record in 2018 after accounting for 50 touchdowns. King garnered 78 total touchdowns, 4,2965 passings yards and 1,421 rushing yards in 22 starts for the Cougars. He broke Tim Tebow’s record by becoming the first Division 1-A quarterback to rush and pass for a touchdown in 15 straight games.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound King has been named to 2020 watch lists for the Davey O’Brien Award, which honors the nation’s top quarterback and the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
While in Miami, King only had four spring practices with the team before the COVID-19 pandemic halted it. He’s been with the Hurricanes throughout voluntary and mandatory summer workouts this offseason.
Unlike last season, the starting job has been decided plenty of time (40 days) before the season opener. In 2019, Jarren Williams was named QB1 just 12 days before the first game versus Florida.
Redshirt junior N’Kosi Perry emerges as the lead candidate to be the primary backup quarterback over Tate Martell, who scarcely played last season, and true freshman Tyler Van Dyke and redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha.
UM can begin football fall camps on August 7, in preparation for their season opener against Temple* on September 5.