Underwhelming. That has been the word to describe football at the University of Miami over the past 14 years. Since 2006 the Canes are just 103-76, 2-9 in bowl games, and have only finished inside the AP top 25 three times.
The struggles for Miami certainly do not come from a lack of talent. Since ‘06 the Hurricanes have averaged the 16th highest recruiting class in all of college football and have brought in 10 five-star recruits. In the 2020 season, the team will consist of players from a 12th ranked 2017 class, an 8th ranked 2018 class, their 27th ranked 2019 class, and the 13th best overall recruiting class in 2020. But the main reason why 2020 is a make or break season for the Hurricanes is the new man under center.
D’Eriq King left Houston at the altar just four games into the 2019 season, deciding to take a red-shirt to keep his final year of eligibility. In January, King became the second highly-touted QB to transfer to south beach in the past two seasons. Tate Martell did not work out for Miami and even saw more time at wide receiver than at quarterback in 2019. But to compare King to Martell is like comparing apples to oranges.
D’Eriq King is a straight-up baller, who I ranked second in my ACC Coastal rankings and third overall in the conference (read my full ACC Coastal rankings here). He threw for 2982 yards in 2018 and also rushed for another 674. He broke the Houston record for touchdowns accounted for in a season with 50, and he did it all with missing the final two games of the 2018 season.
As of right now, the U is not back, but they do have a quarterback who is hungry and ready to lead Miami to an ACC Coastal championship. If Miami can’t get out of their slump of mediocrity with King under center and the highly-rated recruiting classes around him, I’m not sure they ever will. The 2020 season is do or die for football at the University of Miami.