For the last 2 seasons, the Hurricanes utilized an inconsistent ‘musical chairs’ routine when it came choosing a starting quarterback. Now, armed with elite transfer-quarterback D’Eriq King, the ‘Canes seem to be stable in the area that hindered them the most.
The addition of King sent shockwaves through social media and the sports-journalism world—not many expected the standout quarterback to choose the Hurricanes, who just concluded a miserable 6-7 inaugural season for head coach Manny Diaz.
The excitement that the addition of King brought is exactly what the program needed. King, a true dual-threat quarterback, brings the ellusiveness and playmaking that many ‘Cane fans have been desperate to see.
.@UHCougarFB's D'Eriq King now has a pass TD and rush TD in 15 straight games, breaking Tim Tebow's previous record (14) for the longest streak in FBS history.— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 20, 2019
No other player has an active streak longer than 3 games. pic.twitter.com/gDhbXaPmjj
Of course, we haven’t seen King on the field with the team yet, but that’ll change soon with spring camp just around the corner. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see the early-groundwork for offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee with King at the helm of the on-field squad.
This move probably should have been made about 10 years ago, but if it works now, it could change everything at Miami.@Andy_Staples on the offensive change under new OC Rhett Lashlee: https://t.co/ATWspTckBk— The Athletic CFB (@TheAthleticCFB) February 17, 2020
Regardless, Manny Diaz has done great work this offseason—similar to his first year as head coach. He, and with the help of some new faces on the coaching staff, have reinvigorated the program, despite the losing record in the previous season. His determination is recognized; fans and alumni are just hoping the hype is ‘lived up to’ this time around.