On Thursday morning, the University of Miami announced star QB D’Eriq King sustained a torn ACL in the Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State and will undergo surgery for the injury.
Here’s the release on the injury and surgery from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program announced Thursday that redshirt senior quarterback D’Eriq King has sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will undergo surgery at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center. A timetable for his return will be determined after surgery but he is expected to be available for the start of 2021 fall camp.
King started all 11 games for the Hurricanes this season, throwing for 2,686 yards with 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions, while also rushing for 538 yards and four scores. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes, the second-best single-season completion percentage in school history.
King’s injury, sustained in the 2nd quarter of Tuesday’s bowl game, kept him out for the remainder of the game. The timetable for his return will be determined after surgery, and based on his rehab, but the preliminary thought is that King will be able to return in time for fall camp ahead of the 2021 season.
With King out for the time being, QBs N’Kosi Perry, Tyler Van Dyke, Peyton Matocha, and incoming freshman Jake Garcia will vie for time with the first team offense in workouts and Spring Practice. And, while the hope is obviously that King is fully recovered for the season, the intermediate thought should be to find a player capable of starting should the need arise.
We wish D’Eriq King a successful surgery and a swift and complete recovery afterwards.
More on this in the coming days.