The D’Eriq King era at Miami may already be over

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 11: D'Eriq King #1 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up prior to the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Hard Rock Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 11: D'Eriq King #1 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up prior to the game against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Hard Rock Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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D’Eriq King may have lost the starting quarterback job for the Miami Hurricanes after picking up a shoulder injury.

The Miami Hurricanes have not gotten off to the greatest start to the 2021 season, as evidenced by their blowout loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in their season-opener. Things appeared to have gotten worse on Saturday, when starting quarterback D’Eriq King was ruled out of Miami’s game against Central Connecticut State due to a shoulder injury. Tyler Van Dyke led the Hurricanes to a 69-0 win to give them a 2-2 record.

After the game, Miami head coach Manny Diaz revealed that King was “limited in motion and movements,” while saying they will give the quarterback time for his shoulder to heal. Diaz then gave a non-committal answer as to whether King will get the start for this Thursday’s game against Virginia if he were cleared to play.

That quote comes courtesy of The Athletic’s Manny Navarro, which you can see in the tweet below.

Tyler Van Dyke shines with D’Eriq King sidelined with shoulder injury

King being ruled out of the Central Connecticut State game was not necessarily a shock, considering he carried a doubtful designation throughout the week. The injury occurred during the team’s 38-17 loss to the Michigan State Spartans.

The freshman Van Dyke took advantage of the favorable matchup and thrived in his first start under center. Van Dyke completed all but one of his 11 pass attempts for 270 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Jake Garcia also received playing time during the blowout victory. Garcia completed 11-of-14 throws for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

King’s status will be worth monitoring throughout the short-week. If he is deemed 100-percent, it will be interesting to see what Diaz will do at quarterback against the Cavaliers this Thursday.

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