If there really is a curse on the team that opens its season with Alabama, Miami football is starting to feel the full effects. After an ugly 38-17 loss to an unranked Michigan State team, the Hurricanes may be without star quarterback D'Eriq King.
King transferred in to Miami ahead of the 2020 season, after an impressive career at Houston. He has stabilized the quarterback position for The U, though his ability to stay on the field has been an issue.
On Saturday, he threw for ball 59 times, completing 38 passes for 388 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also fumbled twice. MSU made the 'Canes one-dimensional though, limiting them to 52 yards on 24 runs, with King rushing for just seven yards on 12 carries.
Per The Athletic, King had his shoulder examined after landing on it during the Michigan State game. He left the game briefly in the third quarter, but returned to finish the game. No other Hurricanes quarterback attempted a throw. Now, he's limited in practice, and it isn't looking good for Saturday's game against FCS foe Central Connecticut.
"We're taking it day by day," head coach Manny Diaz said. When asked if D'Eriq King would be able to play if it was a more significant opponent, like an important ACC foe, Diaz said that his status wouldn't be any different.
"No, because he hasn't really been able to practice the last couple of days. Unless he comes in tomorrow, I'm just gonna leave him as doubtful because the two other guys have gotten all the reps."
Redshirt freshman Tyler Van Dyke and true freshman Jake Garcia are reportedly in the mix to face the Blue Devils on Saturday, assuming King doesn't bounce back in time. Van Dyke went 0-for-2 in a pair of 2020 appearances. This season, he played in the season-opening loss to Alabama, throwing one incompletion, and adding 17 yards on three carries.