CORAL GEBLS, Florida (NWN) – Miami quarterback D’Erik King needs surgery to reconstruct his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season, which will deal a major blow to the crumbling Hurricanes and their hopes of attending the Atlantic Coast conference.
King was injured in the second half of Miami’s defeat to Michigan State last month, and this game could be the last appearance of his college career. He left the field after injury, then returned and did not miss the series, but clearly worked.
The Hurricanes learned the next day that he probably needed surgery, but both they and King hoped that rehabilitation would give him a chance to play again this season. That hope is gone, trainer Manny Diaz said on his weekly radio show on Monday.
“However, we have many weeks left, and I think that in D’Eric’s mind we have exhausted this opportunity, this opportunity,” Diaz said. “So he will have shoulder surgery and that will be Tyler Van Dyke’s team.”
Van Dyck has kicked off each of Miami’s last two games and is gearing up to kick off again on Saturday when the Hurricanes (2-3, 0-1 ACC) visit North Carolina (3-3, 2-3). The teams were the unanimous favorites in the ACC Coastal Division race to start the season, and they have struggled ever since.
King, who was in his sixth college season – taking advantage of a year in a red shirt in Houston and the NCAA’s decision to give everyone an extra year in response to a pandemic last season – has completed 66% of his assists in three games over Miami this season. … He entered a year that is widely touted as one of the nation’s top dual-threat defenders, is the most accurate passer in Miami history and has 111 college touchdowns, 76 passing, 32 faster and 3 receptions.
No college football player in the past 20 years has had that many touchdowns in each of these categories.
“This guy, as you saw in the Michigan game, will do anything to get back on the field and be able to play for us,” Diaz said.
In less than a year, King will have two major surgeries. In January, he underwent surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee after being injured in the Miami Cup loss to Oklahoma at the end of the 2020 season. King has been in rehab and has not missed a game since the Hurricanes vs. Alabama on September 4 when this season began.
The Hurricanes lost that game, then beat the Appalachians and lost to Michigan in the game in which King was injured. Van Dyke and Jake Garcia shared a stake in Miami’s victory over Central Connecticut; Garcia injured his ankle in that game, required surgery and was out at least until November.
This means that Miami, which was ranked 14th in the NWN Top 25 at the beginning of the year and is now not in the rankings, is now missing out on two of its top three quarterbacks. Little-used red-shirt rookie Peyton Matocha is now the backup for Van Dyck, who has made 25 of 41 assists for 473 yards and four touchdowns this season.
King is the captain of Miami and the undisputed leader of the Hurricanes on and off the pitch. With his departure, coupled with the start of 2-3, the challenge of saving the 2021 season has become even more daunting.
“This hole in leadership the size of D’Eric King is also important,” Diaz said.
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