Enter QB Tyler Van Dyke: Recent examples of emerging backup quarterbacks should give Canes reason to be optimistic


Monday morning, Miami head coach Manny Diaz announced that the redshirt senior quarterback, By Eriq King, would need shoulder surgery, which in all likelihood ends his season.

King, who is a captain and has been an instrumental leader both on and off the field not only for the Canes but also for the NCAA in general in anchoring the NIL movement, will be sorely missed as the season progresses. 2021 ahead. From day one, the dual threat QB has had some electric moments over the past two seasons and has handled everything at a first-class level. This included leading the Canes to a record 8-3 in 2020 one year after back-to-back split seasons, recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in the bowl game to be ready for week one, and more recently. to play through the shoulder injury against Michigan State.

King has also gone out of his way to get back on the pitch this season, but told Manny Navarro to Athleticism that after the Spartans game he “chose to be optimistic and try to readjust and come back after getting several opinions and they [doctors] made it clear that if I choose to come back I’m unlikely to succeed in a game.

King will obviously be missed as he showed unmatched character in the locker room as a worker / leader who set an example, as well as on the pitch with dynamic talent in the spread offense. If his outspoken ability to lead the NIL initiative is any indication of his prowess, King will be successful, whether at the level of professional football or in whatever path he decides. An option could include a return for a seventh season via a medical red shirt, which he and Diaz had yet to discuss as of early Monday afternoon. Regardless, everyone at U wishes him a speedy recovery similar to his admirable recovery from a knee injury. As offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said today, “he’s all that’s right in college football”.

For the faithful of the Canes, the show must continue and the next man must take the helm at the quarterback position. While it seemed like a real freshman, Jake garcia, might be able to compete for the replacement position, it was also announced Monday that Garcia will be out until at least November due to an ankle injury.

Thus, enter the first year of the second year, Tyler van dyke, who Diaz announced he would be QB1 and that Miami is “Tyler Van Dyke’s team”. While the Canes got a glimpse of Van Dyke against the Virginia Cavaliers last week, “TVD” will now be relied on for the remainder of the season with Peyton Matocha Where Ryan rizk configured to serve as a backup.

While many fans are ready to throw in the towel for the 2021 season, those on the pitch will always play to win the game. And with the Canes now being Van Dyke’s team, college football fans need look no further than last weekend when the real Oklahoma freshman, Caleb williams, scored a monster comeback against Texas in relief for Heisman’s favorite, Spencer rattler.

Unlike Van Dyke, Williams entered the college scene as one of the nation’s most vaunted players and the last top quarterback to join the Sooners’ long line of callers (class of 2021 seventh-best rookie in the country). country and second-best quarterback). Williams replaced Rattler, who was on the bench on Saturday, after sixth-place Oklahoma fell behind the Longhorns 28-7. Williams then led the massive comeback in an exciting 55-48 Red River rivalry.

Another team in Florida, the Gators, is chomping at the bit for the arrival of a very talented first-year quarterback, Anthony richardson, who is waiting behind the scenes of their current QB1 and Junior redshirt, Emory jones. The juxtaposition of the Oklahoma and Florida situations indicates that an opportunity to glimpse the future is not always available. And that’s exactly the silver lining for Van Dyke and the Canes.

Connecticut native Van Dyke is no slouch as he was a four-star product and No. 222 overall rookie according to the 247Sports Composite in 2020 (No. 7 pro-style passer). Van Dyke brings a different pocket presence to King’s dual-threat mobility, but he can pull it down and skid if necessary, which he did against UVA as he hurtled down the field on a 24 touchdown. yards in the fourth quarter.

In this Thursday night game, Van Dyke threw 15 for 29 for 203 yards and a passing score. It came after a slow start in his first extended action on live FBS, where he started the game throwing 1-6 for five yards passing (and five completions in the first 17 attempts). He found his bearings and was instrumental in a near comeback as he developed relationships with wide receivers Charleston Rambo and Mike harley as the game progressed, completing 10 of his last 12 passing attempts. Van Dyke can display extreme precision, especially in intermediate routes.

The week before against CCSU, FCS opponent, Van Dyke was nearly perfect as he was 10 for 11 for 270 yards and three touchdowns. Van Dyke was the highest-ranked freshman quarterback in Week 4 according to PFF at 87.9.

The sample size for Van Dyke is relatively small right now, but it is hoped that he can become a solid contributor to an attack that needs some momentum in the weeks to come as the team tries to pull itself apart. rally to Van Dyke. There is a silver lining for Miami in what has become a widely open ACC Coastal division which starts against a struggling UNC (3-3, 2-3) at Chapel Hill this Saturday, then at home against a tough n ° 22 NC State (4-1, 1-0).

It would be somewhat unfair to expect a Van Dyke Caleb Williams-like emergence this season. Likewise, the odds of Van Dyke replacing King in the same way Tua Tagovailoa made for Jalen hurts in the 2018 National Championship game appear weak (Tua pushed Alabama back 13-0 to Georgia en route to a 26-23 victory).

The low-expectations situation for Van Dyke might be preferred, as some thrive on limited initial pressure, instead of being thrown into the fire. On the other side of the token, the pressure creates diamonds and Miami fans will certainly bring out their standards. In the coming weeks, the Canes will have a very clear idea as to whether they have a rough diamond in Van Dyke.


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