Miami quarterback By Eriq King continues to receive high praise at the start of the 2021 season.
Analytical site Pro Football Focus ranks King among the nation’s top 50 college football players for this season.
King checks in at # 23 on the list.
Here is what PFF writes about King:
“The U were hoping for an elite double-threat quarterback in 2020 – and, boy, King has kept his promises. He played tons of plays both in the air and on the ground in his debut season with the Hurricanes, earning him a 90.6 PFF score for the season that placed 10th in the FBS. And now they have it for another year.
“On 111 runs – 85 designed and 26 scrums – King totaled 26 runs of 10 yards or more. He produced over 10 yards after contact on 13 of those rushes, the most at the post.
“The 5-foot-11, 202-pound quarterback also rarely put the ball in jeopardy. He always made the right decision and ranked # 3 in the FBS in terms of revenue-worthy gambling rate (1.7%).
“Miami will be a dangerous team in 2021, assuming King fully recovers from the ACL tear he suffered in the Cheez-It Bowl and is ready to rock in Week 1.”
King is the third quarterback on the list, behind Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler (No.1) and North Carolina’s Sam Howell (No.12).
LINK: Check out the full list here.
According to the latest odds from the William Hill Sportsbook, King has the seventh best odds to win the Heisman Trophy at +1800 (bet $ 100 to win $ 1800). Rattler has the best Heisman odds at +550.
As the Hurricanes starter in 2020, King was one of the most dynamic double-threat quarterbacks in the country, throwing for 2,686 yards with 23 touchdowns and five interceptions while making 64.1 percent of his throws. King also racked up 538 yards and four touchdowns.
That percentage in 2020 is the second highest single-year score in Miami history; Jacory Harris completed 65% of his throws in 2011. Total rushing yards were the highest by a MU quarterback in the modern era.
The best single game example of the impact King can have on a game? His performance in a spectacular 44-41 return win at NC State, when he threw for 430 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 105 yards.
There have only been two instances in the past three seasons where a quarterback threw for 400 yards and ran for 100 yards in the same game – and King is responsible for both. He had a 419 passing and 132 rushing yard game for Houston in 2018 in a win over South Florida. King became the first quarterback in the past 20 years to play two games with 400 passing yards, 100 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was also Miami’s first quarterback to have a 400-100 game and his 430 passing yards rank eighth on UM’s Unique Games list.
Miami will need to have a healthy King in the starting lineup in order to compete with defending national champion Alabama in Atlanta, Ga. On September 4.