Miami named Houston graduate transfer D’Eriq King its starting quarterback earlier this week.
The news didn’t come as much surprise as King was brought to Coral Gables by Manny Diaz and new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee to help stabilize a position that has failed to help score points on a consistent basis.
While Diaz and Lashlee might be all in on King, it appears that if King wants to keep playing football after his time with the Hurricanes, he might have to change positions.
Jim Nagy, who is the executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, took to Twitter on Thursday to point that he has heard from some NFL talent evaluators that they think King’s future might be catching passes, not throwing them.
“QB D’Eriq King is one of the most dynamic players in college football, but at under 5’9” some scouts think his best pro position will be slot WR,” Nagy wrote. “If he comes to Senior Bowl we’ll play him wherever the NFL wants to see him — maybe both spots.”
The idea that King, who accounted 50 total touchdowns back in 2018, could line up as a wide receiver and play on Sundays really isn’t all that farfetched.
King was ranked by 247Sports as a three-star athlete and not a quarterback coming out of high school. One of the main reasons why he signed with the Cougars is because then-head coach Tom Herman told him that he would be given chance to be a quarterback in college, but after injuries hit UH’s receivers corps hard King’s first season on campus, he switched meeting rooms and instantly found success catching a combined passes for 492 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman and sophomore.
Lashlee noted last week on 247Sports’ Social Distance series that King is a capable of scoring anytime he touches the ball. He added however that what has Miami’s staff the most excited about King is the veteran presence he brings to the huddle as a quarterback.
“The thing that is the best about D’Eriq King is not that he’s an electric athlete or that he throws the ball better than a lot of people think … he is just a winner and a leader,” Lashlee said. “Who he is as a leader is going to be more important to us than his ability. Now don’t get me wrong, his playing ability is pretty cool and it makes the play-calling easier and it makes them right a lot more too. Just having a leading presence on the team and the way he works, I think it starts by how he was raised by his late father and his mother. He was raised the right way. He was taught how to work, how to compete, and how to handle failure. I think it just shows who he is. I think the guys around him are influenced by him in a positive way. They are drawn to him. That is because of who he is, but it also helps when you are really good at football.”
Miami currently has the third-best odds to win the ACC Championship according to William Hill Casino after league officials announced some schedule changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hurricanes are now set to face FSU, Georgia Tech, UNC, Pittsburgh and Virginia at home. They will also travel to Clemson, Louisville, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played January 30, 2021 in Mobile. Miami had just one played participate in the 2020 edition of the game: defensive end Trevon Hill.
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