One thing is certain: D’Eriq King is better when Brevin Jordan is on the field.
For starters, Jordan’s 18 receptions for 243 yards and three touchdowns made him the 11th-ranked Miami Hurricanes‘ leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns before suffering a shoulder injury in the loss at No. 1 Clemson last month.
Jordan went on to miss the next two games against Pittsburgh and Virginia, in which UM won. However, Miami averaged just 25 points per match after averaging 36.75 points per contest in their first four games.
Now, Jordan is healthy and will return for the Hurricanes coming off the bye week against NC State.
“Brevin is healthy, like what we expected for this game,” head coach Manny Diaz said.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end returns as Miami’s second-highest graded receiver with more than 10 targets, behind Mike Harley Jr, according to PFF. He’s also the eighth highest-graded tight end in the ACC with just as many targets.
Jordan is still tied for the team-high in receiving touchdowns, and is second on the team in receiving yards and is tied for second in receptions.
With Jordan on the field, King has averaged 214.25 passing yards while completing 61 percent of his passes per game. King’s 90.4 PFF grade when Jordan was healthy ranks him as the second-highest graded quarterback in the ACC — behind Trevor Lawrence (91.8). It also made King the sixth highest-graded QB with at least 80 pass attempts in the Power Five.
Jordan’s presence was needed against Pittsburgh, even though the Panthers have given up 228.29 passing yards per game this season and have the fourth-worst pass coverage in the ACC, per PFF. King threw two interceptions against Pitt and Miami’s pass offense garnered a season-low 47.5 PFF grade.
The analytics don’t always have the answers, but for whoever watched the game, it was evident that UM’s offense was missing its star tight end.
King bounced back against Virginia and notched a season-high 322 passing yards and an 86.6 passing grade. But it’s important to note that the Cavaliers have the worst pass coverage in the ACC, according to PFF.
Heading into the final five-game stretch of the season, Jordan will put the Hurricanes in a better position against future opponents with strong pass defenses like Wake Forest and help them torch those that struggle on that end like Georgia Tech and UNC.
In addition, with UM’s pass offense posing a threat, it’ll force opponents to prioritize that as their defensive game plan. With that said, team’s with poor run defenses – UNC, NC State and Wake Forest – will have a lot on their plate.